A medicine courier caught travelling from Liverpool to Newcastle with £200,000 worth of cocaine hidden inside a automobile tyre has been jailed for six years.
Darryl Scott was adopted by officers as he travelled to an industrial space of Bootle, Liverpool, to acquire the hid medication on May 15 this yr.
After gathering his haul, the 32-year-old then secured the cocaine out of sight in a specially-made compartment beneath his white Peugeot van.
Surveillance operatives monitored the car because it made its approach again to Tyneside earlier than officers from Northumbria Police stopped it on the A19 close to the Tyne Tunnel.
During a search of the van officers quickly uncovered 9 packages of white powder, later recognized as cocaine with an estimated road worth of up to £200,000.
Scott was arrested and charged with possession with intent to provide a Class A drug, however throughout interview informed officers he thought he was solely gathering hashish.
However, his lies had been laid naked when specialist officers cracked open his encrypted system revealing scores of messages instructing him to acquire the cocaine.
Scott, of Kielder Terrace, North Shields, beforehand pleaded responsible to possession with intent to provide a Class A drug at Newcastle Crown Court and on December 22 he was sentenced to six years imprisonment.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Steve Pescod from the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) mentioned: “Serious and organised crime has no place in our communities and anybody concerned within the provide and distribution of illicit substances can count on to be pursued by our officers and introduced earlier than the courts.
“Darryl Scott was knowingly concerned within the provide of dangerous substances and when he was caught, he tried to save his personal pores and skin by mendacity to officers and claiming he did not know what he was gathering, attempting to land himself a extra lenient punishment.
“But thanks to the exhausting work of our officers, Scott was confirmed to be a liar and when the proof towards him was overwhelming, he totally admitted his lie and pleaded responsible.
“I’m happy with the sentence handed down at present and hope it reveals that it doesn’t matter what your function is, in case you are concerned in severe crime – we are going to pursue you below the banner of Operation Sentinel.”