Surbiton cannabis dealer unwittingly uncovered by kindness of stranger

Cannabis dealer Andrew Howell was caught after police attended his home to help in an assault

Cannabis dealer Andrew Howell was caught after police attended his home to help in an assault

First published in News
Last updated
This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter - Kingston

A witness who called 999 after seeing a violent robbery unwittingly snared a major cannabis dealer.

A member of the public called police after spotting Andrew Howell, 52, being assaulted outside his home in South Terrace, Surbiton.

Howell told police he fell over after being hit over his head by two white men who shouted "where is the cash" before leaving empty-handed on Wednesday, November 13 at about 10.20pm.

But officers found his house was littered with cannabis.

They also traced a rented storage unit containing 16 boxes of herbal cannabis and a large amount of cannabis resin bars.

Howell was sentenced to three years in prison on January 3 after he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of £90,000 of cannabis with intent to supply herbal cannabis and possession with intent to supply cannabis resin.

In total officers seized 4.05 kilos of skunk cannabis, 1.71 kilos of herbal cannabis and 8.17 kilos of cannabis resin.

Howell pleaded guilty and was sentenced on the same day at Kingston Crown Court.

Detective Constable Alan Mears from Kingston police said: “This is a significant amount of drugs taken off the streets of Kingston involving someone who had not previously come to police notice.

“The case was successful thanks to the diligence of the member of public and the initial reactions of the attending officers.

“The thoroughness of the subsequent investigation conducted by Kingston CID led to the discovery of another location controlled by Howell where a further substantial amount of cannabis had been stored.”

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:04pm Tue 7 Jan 14

DB says...

Funny, what an idiot!
Funny, what an idiot! DB
  • Score: -3

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree