Teenagers jailed after police raid found heroin, cocaine, cash and cellphones

Two young men have been sentenced to prison after a police raid uncovered large amounts of drugs, cash and mobile phones at an address in Lancaster.

Kai Weerdmeester, who was 19 at the time of the search in April 2020, was sentenced to three years in prison, while Dan Prendergast, 18 at the time, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Weerdmeester, now 21, and Prendergast, 20, were arrested on Saturday, April 25, 2020, when officers attended a speaking engagement on Lancaster Marsh. After a search, a large quantity of crack and heroin, several thousand pounds in cash and numerous mobile phones were recovered.

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Both men were charged a day later.

In a statement today (12 May 2022), Morecambe Area Police said: ‘We would like to inform you of a recent court outcome following an incident we published in April 2020 where the group of work detained 2 men at an address on the swamp in Lancaster and recovered a large quantity of class A drugs as well as several thousand pounds in cash.Following an investigation by the CID, the two men recently appeared before the court where they were sentenced and imprisoned for the following facts:

!Kai Weerdmeester, 21, of Doncaster, convicted of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs – heroin and crack cocaine and possession of criminal property, sentenced to 3 years

!Dan Prendergast, 20, of Doncaster, convicted of possession with intent to supply class A drugs – heroin and crack cocaine, sentenced to 18 months.”

PC Georgie Abram of the Lancaster and Morecambe Task Force said: “The sale of crack cocaine and heroin on our streets is having a significant detrimental impact on our communities. We hope these sentences that have been handed down send a strong message out of town drug dealers that you are not welcome in our town and our city: we will find out about you, target you and send you to jail.”