Drug-dealing pair are sent to prison

September 29 2020

A COUPLE who ran a business supplying drugs to university students from their Siston Hill home have been jailed.

Ashley Hawkins, aged 32, and 26-year-old Rebecca Withey, both of Stanier Road, admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine between November 2015 and May this year.

Hawkins also admitted possessing a stun gun and a knuckle duster. He was jailed for seven years and two months, while Withey was given a two-year prison term.

They were charged after a police raid in May this year uncovered drugs worth thousands of pounds on the street, thousands in cash and expensive goods including Rolex watches at their home in the estate, off Carsons Road.

Hawkins’ 26-year-old brother Alexander Hawkins, of Heather Road, Lyde Green, was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and given an 18-month community order after pleading guilty to possessing criminal property.

All three were sentenced on September 8 at Bristol Crown Court.

Afterwards Detective Constable Laurence Castle said: “Ashley Hawkins established a drug dealing operation over several years, targeting university students.

“He had no hesitation in involving those close to him in his enterprise, and paid no regard to the harm illegal drugs cause in the community.

“He was prepared to carry dangerous and prohibited weapons with him in order to continue his offending and blatantly advertised his services on social media.

“This was a complex investigation which resulted in the recovery of thousands of pounds worth of drugs and cash by officers from Operation Remedy and Bristol Investigations, and demonstrates that we will tenaciously pursue those who choose to deal drugs in our community.”

Proceeds of Crime Act hearings will now take place to confiscate the cash and valuables Hawkins and Withey gained through their crimes.