Dealer jailed after cocaine found in car
A DRUG dealer was jailed for two years after a stash of cocaine was found in his car in which a child was a passenger.Police stopped Peter Chalmers for speeding as he was driving along Kensington Road in Lowestoft on October 5 last year.
A Halesworth drug dealer was jailed for two years after a stash of cocaine was found in his car in which a child was a passenger.
Police stopped Peter Chalmers for speeding as he was driving along Kensington Road in Lowestoft on October 5 last year.
Ipswich Crown Court last Thursday how Chalmers, of Churchill Road, Halesworth, was told to sit in the back of the police car while they ran a check on his vehicle, but it was then they detected the smell of cannabis.
Peter Gair, prosecuting, told the court that a young woman and a child were passengers in Chalmers's car at the time.
Following a search of his vehicle, officers found 26.9g of cocaine, 32g of cannabis and 711 pills. It was said that Chalmers had believed these to be ecstasy pills but this proved not to be the case.
Police also discovered a dealer list containing names of people, together with figures, which totalled �4,000. Cash amounting to �1,371 was also found in the car.
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Chalmers, 21, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply and possessing cannabis, which was for personal use.
Neil Saunders, mitigating, said: "He is a young man who has made stupid mistakes. Because of a loss of job, he was seeking to obtain finances by illegal means. He is full of remorse."
Judge Neil McKittrick said: "The courts take a dim view of people who deal hard drugs. I cannot accept that you had no idea about the seriousness of what you were getting into."
The judge sentenced him to two years in prison for the cocaine offence, and nine months for possessing cannabis, to run concurrently. The money seized has been subjected to a confiscation order and the drugs seized were ordered to be forfeited and destroyed.