A drug dealer has been jailed for three years and 10 months after he was linked to a gang who were sent to prison last year.
Karl Snijder, 25, of Minerva Way, Wellingborough, appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Thursday last week where he admitted conspiracy to sell heroin and cocaine.
Prosecution barrister Mary Loram told the court how Snijder was linked to a gang jailed last year through text messages found on the phones of other members of the gang.
She added: “The messages showed that Snijder was supplying the dealers with drugs and that he exercised some control over the operation of the gang.
“He also seemed to be involved in the production of the drugs in some way and when the raids were carried out last year, Snijder was the first person phoned by one of the dealers.”
The court heard that despite Snijder’s senior role in the drugs gang, he had only one previous conviction – for possession of cannabis.
Defence barrister Maxine Krone said Snijder had been ‘full and frank’ about his involvement in selling drugs and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
She added: “He has made it clear to me that he wants no more involvement with that lifestyle and he wants to be in a different prison to the other members of the gang.”
Judge Rupert Mayo told Snijder he had been brave to make full admissions and added: “But you were in trusted circles in the gang and your involvement was almost that of the ringleaders so I give you a sentence smaller than theirs but longer than others.”