Jail for Rugby man who was arrested by plain clothes police after suspected drugs deal in town

A 43-year-old Rugby man has been jailed for nearly three and a half years after admitting numerous drugs offences.

Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 5:29 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 5:29 pm
Matthew Keating.

Matthew Keating, of Lawford Road, appeared at Coventry Crown Court in relation to an incident in Rugby last year.

On 17 August 2018, he was arrested by plain clothes officers after a suspected drugs deal.

When Keating was searched, he was found to be in possession of a large quantity of drugs and after raiding his house, more drugs were seized.

Following an investigation by Rugby Proactive CID, Keating was charged with seven counts of possession with intent to supply class A, B and C drugs.

He pleaded guilty to the offences and was today (Wednesday, November 20) sentenced to 40 months imprisonment.

Detective Constable Gary Hammond said: “As a result of the quick response and good detective work, Keating is off the streets and behind bars.

“The misery drugs can cause is well known not just to those who take them but to those in the local community as well.

"We will proactively target people we believe to be involved in drugs and use the powers we have to make sure their activity is disrupted.

“I hope Keating’s sentence acts as a deterrent to others and goes some way to reassuring the public we will thoroughly investigate all drugs activity so we can bring offenders to justice and protect our communities from harm.”