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Man jailed for five years and three months for Class A drug offences

News   •   Feb 11, 2019 12:38 GMT

A man from Surbiton has been jailed for five years and three months for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Christopher Panzo, 22, from Surbiton, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, including diamorphine and crack cocaine, and one count of assaulting an emergency worker when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (8 February).

He was arrested after he was spotted driving at speed through Epsom on November 30, 2018. An unmarked police car followed him through Ewell and into Ewell West train station car park. The officers went to speak to Panzo and spotted what appeared to be drugs wrapped in cling film on the front seat. As they tried to handcuff Panzo, he struggled with the officers and managed to escape on foot.

The car and its contents were seized by officers and following forensic work carried out on the vehicle and the suspected drugs, Panzo was identified and tracked down to his home address where he was arrested on January 7, 2019.

Officers carried out a search of Panzo’s home and found phones, cash and further packages of Class A drugs.

Investigating officer PC Edward Bush said: “This was a good result in court today. We would encourage you to come forward if you suspect anyone is involved in drug dealing. Common things to expect would be for the dealer to be driven around by a Class A drug user, as well as having control of an address of a vulnerable person.”

The signs of potential drug dealing include:

  • Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night,
  • People waiting in cars outside particular properties exchanging small packets or cash,
  • Lots of visitors bringing items such as T.V's or bikes but leaving empty handed,
  • Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of young men living at their address

What we want to know:

  • Time, date and place
  • Vehicle registrations and the make, model and colour
  • Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing
  • Direction they travelling to and from
  • How many times you have seen them – is it always at the same time of day?
  • Don’t put yourself at risk while gathering this information. Please always pass the information to the police and do not confront or approach suspected drug dealers.

If you have any information in connection, please call us on 101 (999 in an emergency), or http://surrey.police.uk/TellUsMore

You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/