A drug dealer has been jailed for two years after being found in possession of a substantial amount of class A drugs.

David Beckford, aged 35, of Hadrian Walk, Reading, appeared at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday, January 24 where he pled guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin.

After a stop and search of Beckford on Northcroft Avenue on  November 4, 2023 they found 39 wraps of class A drugs, a mobile phone, and over £320 in cash.  

He was arrested on the same day and charged on November 5.

Following the sentence Investigating officer, PC Liam Steele of the Stronghold Team based at Reading police station, said that it was clear that Beckford was looking to profit off the class A drugs.

He said: “Our Stronghold team will proactively and robustly target and prosecute offenders. Our activity will be both visible and covert aimed at disrupting and pursuing offenders involved in the supply of drugs.

“Information from the public around the drug supply offences in Reading plays an important role in developing intelligence into a proactive investigation.

“Anyone with information can contact us by calling 101 or by making a report online.

“If you do not wish to speak to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and they will take your information 100% anonymously.”