Barber offered to supply uncut drugs
A BARBER who offered to supply a customer uncut cocaine while giving him a haircut has been jailed for three years.
Craig Tamlym made the offer at his shop in Speedwell after hearing the man openly discussing drugs on the phone – not realising that he was actually an undercover police officer.
Bristol Crown Court heard that Tamlym, 31, first met the officer, who he knew as Amin, at the Cross Hands pub in Fishponds. Amin then visited Tamlym for a haircut at his shop, Craig's Barber's, in Duncombe Road, Speedwell.
Derek Perry, prosecuting yesterday, said that during one visit to the barber's shop Amin received a telephone call, in which he openly discussed cannabis. He and Tamlym, right, chatted about drugs availability in Bristol and the topic moved on to cocaine.
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Mr Perry said: "Amin pretended to be used to buying drugs. Amin said he found, in Bristol, the quality of cocaine to be poor.
"Mr Tamylm commented that he knew it was possible to get pure cocaine for £2,000 an ounce."
The court heard Tamlym supplied a small test deal of cocaine to Amin, which was actually just eight per cent pure.
So began a series of deals in which Tamlym supplied the officer either alone or with one of two friends, Paul England, middle, and, on one occasion, Bradley Pearcy, right.
Some 15 months after the transactions, police swooped and found Tamlym with 5.8g of cocaine at his property.
Tamlym, of The Reubins, Speedwell, pleaded guilty to six counts of supplying a Class A drug and one of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply.
England, 29, of Glenroy Avenue, Kingswood, pleaded guilty to three counts of supply.
Pearcy, 23, of Derwent Road, Speedwell, pleaded guilty to a single supply charge.
Recorder Christopher Parker QC jailed Tamlym for three years, England for two years and eight months, and Pearcy for two years.
Robert Duval, defending Tamylm, said his client supplied 71.6g of cocaine over two months.
He said his client was a naïve young man with limited common sense, and whose barber's shop had now closed.
Giles Nelson, defending England, and Timothy Rose, defending Pearcy, said their clients had lesser roles.
Mr Rose said: "Amin was not posing as a user. He was posing as somebody who wanted to sell on as a dealer."
Recorder Parker told the men: "All three of you became involved in the supply of a Class A drug. It appears that your involvement and the police operation was limited to the few transactions on the indictment."