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Landlord jailed for dealing drugs

PUBLISHED: 15:40 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:25 12 August 2010

A DRUG dealing pub landlord has been jailed after being on the run from police for three months. Lee Callow, 47, of the Partridge Public House, Chipperfield Road, Bromley,

A DRUG dealing pub landlord has been jailed after being on the run from police for three months.

Lee Callow, 47, of the Partridge Public House, Chipperfield Road, Bromley, was sentenced to eight years, seven months in prison after police found 16 wraps of cocaine and a gun at the pub.

Police first raided the property in December 2006 where they discovered the drugs, some of which had been hidden in a fake baked bean tin which had a removable bottom.

The gun was found in Callow's study which had been hidden in a cloth bag in his study.

He first appeared in court in December 2006 charged with possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and possession of a prohibited weapon and was granted conditional bail which included handing in his passport and paying a £5,000 surety.

He pleaded not guilty at Croydon Crown Court in October 2007 to both offences but failed to convince the jury. It was ordered that he should return to be sentenced in November 2007 but he never showed up.

On January 16, Callow was finally arrested by police and jailed at Croydon Crown Court on February 20.

Superintendent Matt Bell, from Bromley Police, said: "Callow now faces spending many years of his life behind bars contemplating his crimes. We will not tolerate the illegal supply and use of controlled drugs and anyone found in possession of a controlled drug in Bromley will be dealt with in the harshest manner".

In addition to Callow, four other men were arrested at the Partridge Pub at the same time for possession of cocaine. Two men received cautions while the other two received fines and ordered to pay costs.

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