A man caught dealing drugs in Weymouth town centre has been jailed for five years – with an appeal to find his accomplice issued.
Paul Corrigan, previously of Liverpool but currently of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on 6 March having been found guilty of being concerned in the supply of Class A drug heroin.
The court heard that on 4 February 2016 Corrigan, 33, and another man were involved in the supply of 1,216mg of diamorphine to two women in the Melcombe Regis car park.
Subsequent enquiries led officers to Corrigan and he was arrested on 14 September 2016 and charged two days later.
The second man has been identified as 26-year-old Michael Appleton of Manchester. He is wanted by police in connection with this case.
During sentencing, Recorder Ms Sarah Vaughan-Jones QC described Corrigan as a “prime mover” and said that he played a significant role in the incident.
Detective Constable Ben Singleton, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Drug dealers such as Paul Corrigan have no place in Weymouth and I hope the sentence handed out by the courts will send a very strong message that anyone caught dealing drugs in our communities will be arrested and dealt with robustly by the courts.”
Inspector Pete Browning, of Weymouth police said, “I would urge members of the public who may have concerns, suspicions or any information about the misuse of drugs to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.”
Michael Appleton is described as white, five feet 11 inches tall and with brown hair. He is known to have connections in both Manchester and Dorset.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Michael Appleton should dial 999 immediately. Anyone else with other information should call 101 quoting occurrence number 55160047430 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.