A man stopped for using a mobile phone while driving has been sentenced to five years in prison after officers found class A drugs in his car.
Andrew Jones, 36, of Grange Villas in Christleton, Chester was found guilty of possession with intent to supply cocaine and MDMA at Chester Crown Court on Thursday 22 March.
The court heard how in December 2014 officers conducted a search of Jones’ car after he was spotted holding a mobile phone while driving. During the search officers found four wraps of white powder, £305 in cash and three mobile phones. He was then arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cocaine.
Police then conducted a search of Jones’ home in Grange Villas and his tyre fitting business on Whitchurch Road, Chester where they recovered a bag of MDMA tablets.
During Jones’ interview he told officers the drugs found were bought ‘for a party at the weekend’ and that he had ‘pushed the boat out’ because it was Christmas.
Detective Constable Peta Ticer, of Chester Local Policing Unit, said: “It was very clear Jones was supplying class A drugs and they were not for his own personal use while at a party. Jones instead would use his tyre fitting business as a cover to deal drugs within the Chester community.
“Thankfully, he is now beginning a five year sentence stopping him from blighting the community with his crimes.
“Drug dealing has a terrible impact on the local community and we do everything we can to prevent them from being sold on the streets of Chester. I would encourage anyone who believes drug dealing to be taking part in their community to get in touch with us on 101.”