Trio plead guilty to drugs charges after police sting in Rugby

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THREE more men arrested during the police’s operation to target drug dealers in Rugby have admitted their involvement in supplying class A drugs.

John Berrill, Robert Scott and Craig Smith appeared at Warwick Crown Court facing separate charges of conspiring to supply drugs.

They were among more than 40 people arrested during the undercover operation targeting 20 alleged conspiracies between September 2010 and November last year.

Berrill, 40, of Siddaway House, Millers Dale Close, Rugby, had been remanded in custody after turning up drunk for a hearing at the court earlier this month.

On that occasion, the second time he had arrived unfit through drink, he was refused entry to the building by security staff, at which he became abusive.

He was sent on his way by officers from Leamington police station who were unaware Judge Marten Coates had issued a warrant for his arrest.

But police officers who were in court arrested him at Leamington railway station after searching the area and took him back to the court where he was remanded in custody to sober up after mockingly stating that his name was Harry Hill.

Back at the court after a week in custody to dry out, Berrill pleaded not guilty to conspiring to supply heroin.

But his pleas of guilty to four alternative charges of supplying heroin and one of supplying crack cocaine were accepted by the prosecution.

The case against Robert Scott, 25, of Biart Place, Rugby, had also been adjourned on an earlier occasion.

Prosecutor Emma Cutts said it was expected that an argument would be put forward on his behalf that he had been subject to entrapment by undue pressure being put on him to deal to an under-cover officer.

But at the resumed hearing of his case, Scott pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply crack cocaine on the basis that he had supplied the drug on two occasions to a female undercover officer.

Also before the court was Craig Smith, 33, of Balham, London, who has already admitted one charge of conspiring to supply heroin.

He pleaded guilty to a further charge of conspiring to supply crack cocaine on the basis that he supplied the drug to an undercover officer known as Al via a third person.

Smith accepted supplying heroin and crack to Al himself on other occasions, but denied that was as part of a conspiracy – and the judge gave the prosecution time to consider whether to accept that.

Sentencing of all three men was adjourned until April or May.

Berrill and Smith were remanded in custody, but Scott was granted bail.