A drug dealer who police say ‘boasted’ about profiting thousands of pounds by selling cocaine on the Isle of Wight has been jailed for 8 years.

Matthew Read, of West Hill Road in Ryde, was arrested by officers in October 2017 after he crashed his Mini Cooper into a parked car in Shanklin’s Collingwood Road.

The 29-year-old had earlier been spotted driving at speed through Lake, but failed to stop for officers who tried to pull him over.

He was arrested a short while later,  along with his passenger, 32-year-old Patrick Rice of Pier Street in Ventnor.

Isle of Wight Crown Court in Newport heard that when officers arrested the pair, a Stanley knife fell from Patrick Rice’s shorts, and a second larger knife was found inside Matthew Read’s car.

Investigating officer DC Iain Robertson said: 

“Arresting officers located a quantity of pills in Read’s possession.

“During the subsequent police investigation we found evidence on Read’s phone that he had been heavily involved in the supply of cocaine on the Island since November 2016.

“The quantities mentioned ranged from a kilo to multiple ounces, along with messages boasting that every few days he was profiting somewhere in the region of £1,400 – £2,500, and had £40,000 available to him.” 

Following a four day trial, Matthew Read was convicted yesterday (Thursday) of dangerous driving, possession of a bladed article, possession with intent to supply a class C drug, and being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

He was jailed for a total of 8 years, and was banned from driving for 7 years

Patrick Rice was convicted of possession of an offensive weapon and was handed a 7 month sentence, suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work.

DC Robertson added:

 “We do not tolerate the supply of illegal drugs, and I hope Read’s sentence reassures the public that we will do our utmost to dismantle drug networks affecting our Island communities.”