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Suspended prison sentence for Wimblington defendant who supplied drugs to man who later died

A Wimblington man who admitted supplying a class B prescription-only drug to a man who later died has been sentenced.

John Bays appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday where he admitted possession with intent to supply of codeine and possession of cannabis.

He was sentenced to ten months in prison, suspended for 18 months, a 30-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (RAR), and a one-year Drug Rehabilitation Requirement.

Bays was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court
Bays was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court

On October 6, 2022, police were contacted by the East of England Ambulance Service about the sudden death of a man relating to mixed drug consumption.

Officers started making enquiries and quickly identified Bays, 43, as being the last person to speak to the deceased.

Bays was interviewed as a significant witness at his home address in Doddington Road, Wimblington, the same day where he was later arrested after telling officers he had supplied the deceased with codeine tablets the day before his death.

Two boxes of codeine and a tub of green herbal substance, later identified as cannabis, were found during a search of his address, as well as evidence on his mobile phone relating to drug dealing.

Detective Constable Stephanie Dunlop, who investigated, said: “Thanks to the quick work of those involved in making the initial enquiries, we were able to swiftly identify Bays, interview and arrest him for the offence.

“Issues around drug use and drug dealing is a priority for a force, and is something that we are constantly working at tackling, but it couldn’t be done without the help of the public reporting their concerns to us.”

Anyone with concerns or information about drugs can report online via the force’s dedicated drugs information webpage.

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