Drug dealers usually have to move in silence. They normally try to do everything they can to mask their operations as drug dealers, so that the police stay off their back. If they move in a loud manner and draw attention to themselves, the police will come knocking and a lot get sent away on hefty sentences. Two cocaine dealers in South Wales provide an example of someone making themselves hot when their “cocaine factory” was busted after they were seen buying blenders from a store in bulk.
Gavin Etchell, 33, and Thomas Davies, 29, went to a UK grocery store called Asda in order to buy the blenders. They weren’t buying them to mix up some smoothies. They were getting them to mix up cocaine. A total of 12 blenders were purchased for £7.99 a piece. Store staff noticed that neither of the men appeared to be a baker or cook of any type, and tipped police to their suspicious activity.
Police followed tips and ended up discovering Etchell and Davies’s headquarters where they mixed the cocaine and prepared it for the street. The officers described it as a “well-equipped” drug operation. In the South Wales home, police found four compressed bricks of cocaine valued at £300,000. In addition to the drugs, 5.8 kg of benzocaine, a cutting agent used to stretch cocaine out to increase profits.
Etchell and Davies admitted to conspiracy to supply cocaine at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court. Both men were sentenced to nearly 16 years for their operation. These guys got caught slipping. Just use this as a warning to not do things too far out of the ordinary when you’re trying to do dirt.