A drug dealer who spat in the eyes of police when he was arrested has been jailed for supplying heroin and crack cocaine in Torquay.
Tyrese Blake-Hakeem was stopped by plain clothes officers in the Rock Road area of Torquay on October 24, 2019, following a suspected drugs exchange. He was found to be in possession of a large amount of crack cocaine, heroin and cash.
On November 1 he was found at an address in Torquay following welfare concerns for the occupant. He had possession of a large amount of cash and two mobile phones. Following his arrest he later produced a package of crack cocaine and heroin which he had concealed internally.
During his time in custody in November the dealer spat in the eyes, mouth and face of one of the police officers. He was charged with this assault at the time and received a 12 month Community Order with an unpaid work requirement and £100 compensation.
He has now been jailed at Oxford Crown Court to 54 months in prison for possession with intent to supply class A controlled drugs heroin and crack cocaine in Torquay.
The sentence comes following a detailed investigation by officers on the South Devon Proactive Policing Team, which aimed to disrupt the supply of class A drugs across the area.
The drugs were estimated to be worth £3,645. Cash was also £2,720 seized on two separate occasions in Torquay in October and December 2019.
Blake-Hakeem pleaded guilty to the charges at Oxford Crown Court where he had been charged with a similar offence locally.