A man arrested near a drug trafficking hotspot in Exeter has been convicted of supplying heroin and crack cocaine.
Marvin Walker, 35, was seen in an alley near the Premier Inn on Bonhay Road selling drugs to local users.
Shortly after, he was seen exiting the Great Western Hotel near St Davids station.
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When the police searched his room, they found £ 6,000 worth of drugs above the cupboard.
Walker turned out to be a County Lines concessionaire sent to Exeter from Wolverhampton.
He used the hotel room as a base from which to organize drug deals, using cell phones to send messages and announce two-for-one deals.
He denied possession with the intention of supplying heroin and crack, but did not appear for trial in Exeter Crown Court.
The trial took place in his absence and he was found guilty by the jury.
The incident occurred on June 25, 2018.
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Prosecutor Ms Felicity Payne said an officer in plain clothes saw a group of four men acting suspiciously in St Clements Lane, near the Premier Inn. The narrow alley is known for drug trafficking.
The policeman recognized three of the men as local users but not the fourth, who was wearing a woolen cap and long-sleeved top while it was midsummer.
The group split up, but minutes later the fourth man – Walker – was seen talking to a woman outside the Great Western Hotel.
The police arrested him at the Apple taxi rank. He had a cell phone and £ 65 in cash. When officers searched his hotel room, they found cannabis and drugs in the closet.
There were also several phones and SIM cards that the police linked to the traffic. One of the SIM cards had Walker’s mother’s phone number under the name “Ma”.
Walker booked the room under a false name. His DNA was on one of the plastic bags above the cabinet.
The judge issued an arrest warrant for Walker. He will be sentenced at a date to be fixed.
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