A 37 year old man from  West Heath was sentenced to five years and seven months at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday 30 September.

Carl Tarplee was found guilty of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

The conviction followed a drugs warrant on an address in Edgehill Road, West Heath, on 29 October 2010. Tarplee returned to the address as police were searching and made off in a car.

As he attempted to escape he threw several items from the car which were recovered and later confirmed as crack cocaine.

When caught he was also found to be in possession of crack cocaine.

After Tarplee was released on bail, plain clothes officers witnessed what they believed to be a drug deal on 9 November 2010. On searching, he was found to be in possession of heroin, crack and cocaine.

DC Darren Lennox who has been investigating the incident said: “This was a man who was dealing drugs on the streets of Birmingham, bringing misery to peoples lives. The sentence means that he will no longer be able to do this.

“Our officers continue to tackle drugs across the city, with regular warrants and operations targeting the dealers.

“If you know about drug dealing in your neighbourhood and want to see it stop, I would urge you to get in touch with police as soon as possible.”

Anybody who has information about drug dealing in their area should contact their local neighbourhood officers on 0345 113 5000.

Alternatively call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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