Banned from Somerset

Miekel Lambert was jailed for 8 years and 8 months at Taunton Crown Court today. Lambert was also banned from Somerset for 30 years as part of a Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order.

He was involved in supplying drugs to the Burnham on Sea and Highbridge areas.

However he had terrorised a Bridgwater woman and that eventually led to his arrest. The woman told the court “The feeling of paranoia and being trapped throughout, knowing Miekel Lambert and the things that he did to me, have left me feeling isolated. They prevent me from living my life to the full and I don’t know when things will truly get back to normal for me, if they ever will.” Lambert forced the woman to make up wraps of cocaine and heroin at addresses in Wolverhampton, Bristol and Bridgwater and hide them inside her body while he trafficked her by car or train.

The drugs operation came to light when the woman escaped from his car after they stopped for petrol on the A38 on Sunday 23 February. She sought refuge at Almondsbury Sports and Social Club. Concerned staff and customers in the club called the police. When they arrived they helped the terrified woman and Lambert fled. He was arrested the following night, 24 February, at Sedgemoor Services on the M5 in Somerset.

DC Dave Allan, who worked on the case, was pleased with the sentence “I hope this demonstrates our commitment to supporting people affected by domestic abuse as well as the help we can offer to vulnerable people who feel trapped and coerced into drug crime. We hope this woman can now rebuild the life which was shattered by Miekel Lambert’s crimes.

Avon & Somerset Police tell us this is one of the first occasions where a human trafficking conviction has been secured in a domestic abuse or county lines case in the Avon and Somerset area. It is also one of very few nationally. However reading the details one cannot escape the feeling it will not be the last.

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