A DRUG dealer serving a suspended sentence attempted to run away from officers after he was caught during an exchange.

Graham Gower was spotted by plain-clothed officers making an exchange near Donnington Cricket Club in September last year.

The 41-year-old fled the scene when he was approached and was later found to be in possession of 19 wraps of crack cocaine, heroin and cash.

Gower was believed to be supplying the drugs on behalf of a London gang.

He denied supplying drugs in Newbury at Reading Crown Court on Saturday, July 29, but was convicted following a five-day trial.

At the time of the offence, Gower was also serving a two year suspended sentence for a drugs offence from 2014, which had three months left.

Gower, of Love Lane, Speen, was convicted for supplying a Class A drug, possession with intent to supply heroin and possession with intent to supply cocaine.

He was sentenced to three years in prison, after being issued with six months for the new offences/ Police Constable Jamie Hanks from Newbury Police Station said: “Graham Gower was drug dealing on behalf of a London county-line drugs gang.

“We will continue to arrest and disrupt drug dealers in West Berkshire, showing zero tolerance.

“If anybody has any information in relation to the use or supply of illegal drugs, or is concerned about persons being threatened or coerced into drug dealing within their community, please call 101 or contact Crimestoppers.”