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Cocaine jury given lesson in how to decode drugs slang

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: June 24, 2014

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A POLICE drugs expert has told a jury how she decoded scores of messages on the phone of a drug dealer.

Zachary Gardener and his friends used slang terms for drugs including snow, cheese and red diesel in texts sent to and from his home, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Graphic designer Gardener, aged 25, has admitted dealing in cocaine but denies selling skunk cannabis and banking £44,000 in drugs money between 2006 and 2012.

Detective Constable Jane Dyer told the jury how drug users use code and slang to hide their activities from the police.

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She said Gardener and his customers used words such as snow, lively and posh to denote cocaine and terms including cheese and red diesel for skunk. Other drugs had other nicknames, with Ecstasy known as Mandy and Valium called Valerie.

They also had code words for different amounts, such as Hen for an eighth of an ounce, short for Henry VIII, and Kellogg for kilogram.

Trips to buy or sell drugs were described as missions, deliveries as tickets, money as paper, and drugs or personal use as Percy.

Gardener, aged formerly of Mitre Court, Holsworthy, but now living in Sutherland Road, Plymouth, admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine. He denies supplying skunk cannabis and three counts of money laundering.

The jury have been told he supplied cocaine and cannabis around North Devon and North Cornwall in the months before his arrest in a drugs raid in Bideford in April 2012 and his room at his parents’ home was searched.

The prosecution say digital scales, a bowl, and seven ounces of the cutting agent benzocaine were found in Gardener’s bedroom in Holsworthy and he had £44,000 unexplained payments into bank three accounts.

Drugs intelligence officer Detective Constable Dyer told the jury many of the texts found in the inbox and outbox of Gardener’s phone contained drug slang.

She said:”People try to disguise their drug dealing because of the illicit nature of what they are doing. They use false terms with the intention of throwing law enforcement agencies off the trail but these types of terms are used regularly.”


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