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Thames Valley Police
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« on: August 07, 2018, 06:40:19 PM »

Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police a man has been sentenced to six years’ imprisonment, for two counts of possession with intent to supply drugs, one count of money laundering, and one count of assault with intent to resist arrest.

Lee Fitzgerald, aged 43, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to the charges following a hearing at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday (1/8) and was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment, at the same hearing.

On 13 March 2018, a car was parked in Bailey Road, Maidenhead. A Thames Valley Police officer approached the car, believing he recognised the occupant in the driver’s seat of the car, which turned out to be Fitzgerald.

When the officer approached the car, Fitzgerald began to frantically rummage through the driver’s side door area. The officer noticed cash, phones and drugs. in the car.

Fitzgerald, then crammed drugs packages into his mouth, containing white powder. On further investigation, this was found to be cocaine.

The officer then attempted to detain Fitzgerald, who then assaulted the officer.

Fortunately, the officer was not seriously injured during the assault, despite him being grabbed around the neck.

Fitzgerald was transported to Maidenhead custody, where an ambulance arrived and took him to hospital, as it was thought he had ingested a quantity of drugs.

During the arrest, officers recovered £77,000 in cash and a quantity of cocaine.

He was treated and then arrested, on 14 March 2018 and charged the same day.

Designated case investigator Stephanie Howard, said: “This conviction is the result of many hours of hard work by officers and police staff across the local area; as well as the courage of the arresting officer in the face of significant violence and a thorough investigation, which secured the successful prosecution.

“It sends a clear message to others, who might involve themselves in the unlawful supply of controlled substances that this activity, will be dealt with robustly by the police and courts alike.”
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