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Patrolling officers sniff out Hastings drug dealers

News   •   May 17, 2019 12:02 BST

Left to right: Federico del Gaudio and Lucciano Cassini

The legendary "copper's nose" for crime literally proved itself when patrolling officers PC David Mendes and PC Lee Sumner stopped a suspicious car in Holmesdale Gardens, Hastings, during the early hours of 22 November last year.

Their feeling that there was something not quite right about the silver Hyundai hatchback and the two men inside was instantly confirmed when a strong smell of cannabis wafted from the interior.

It led to the discovery of several large bags of herbal cannabis concealed in the boot.

Further searches of the car, suspects and a flat to which they had access in Holmesdale Gardens turned up various quantities of cocaine, including some in measured wraps.

An investigation led by Detective Constable Mitchell Humby followed and a compelling case was placed before the courts.

On May 3 Italians Lucciano Cassini, 29, unemployed, of Cambridge Road, Hastings, and Federico del Gaudio, 30, unemployed, of Devonshire Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, were each sentenced at Lewes Crown Court to two years 10 months in prison.

They had previously pleaded guilty to possessing class A cocaine and class B cannabis with intent to supply. Judge David Rennie made an order for the drugs to be destroyed.

He also made an order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 for £12,036 found hidden in the flat in Holmesdale Gardens to be confiscated.

Author: Nigel Jarrett
Ref: SXP 54686/2019

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