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Cocaine stash was hidden in drug dealer's boxer shorts

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: February 28, 2011

JAILED: Adam Coolledge.

A GRIMSBY man caught with a stash of cocaine has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Lincoln Crown Court heard that Adam Coolledge was arrested after police stopped a car close to the junction of the B1219 and the A16 near Holton-le- Clay.

Rob Townsend, prosecuting, said Coolledge and his brother, who was driving the vehicle, attracted the attention of officers because of their apparent concern at the sight of a police car.

Mr Townsend said: "Officers followed and stopped the vehicle. Both the driver and his passenger were nervous and unsettled. Each gave a different account of what they were doing."

Nothing was found on either man during a roadside search and there was nothing inside the vehicle, but when Coolledge was taken to Skegness Police Station he produced a bag of white powder from inside his boxer shorts.

Analysis showed the bag contained 110g of cocaine with a street value of £4,620.

Coolledge claimed in interview that he had picked up the bag as a favour to someone who he owed money.

He said he believed it contained a bulking agent rather than cocaine.

Coolledge, 25, of Crowle Drive, admitted possession of cocaine with intent to supply on 5 August, 2010.

Judge Sean Morris told him: "The peddling of drugs is a very serious offence and only a custodial sentence can follow.

"This is not a case of you just peddling the odd wrap in order to fund your habit. This is commercial dealing.

"The message must go out that if people peddle drugs they are going to prison for a long time."

Andrew Bailey, mitigating, told the court: "He became a heavy cocaine user.

"He was using three grams a day and got himself into debt and then into dealing.

"He has buckled down since he was arrested. He has been attending the drug intervention programme.

"He wants to put this behind him. He has a partner and three children to think about."

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