A man has been sentenced to six years in prison after the van he was driving was found to contain over £2 million worth of class B drugs.
Simon Brown, aged 50, of Bower Hill, Epping, Essex, was jailed at Stafford Crown Court today, Friday 28 August, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.
He received four years imprisonment for possession with intent to supply Amphetamine (200kg) and 12 months for the further amount found at his home (817grams) to run concurrently. In addition, he was sentenced to two years for possession with intent to supply cannabis to run consecutively.
The discovery was made when officers from Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) carried out a routine stop of a vehicle on the southbound carriageway of the M6 near Stafford at around 10pm on Thursday 23 April.
Officers pulled the vehicle over at Stafford Services and upon searching the white Peugeot van they found nine boxes concealed amongst clothing stock. Each contained 10 to 12 packages of a suspicious substance, believed to be controlled drugs.
The driver, Brown, was arrested and taken into custody for questioning. He was charged with possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.
Tests confirmed the substance was Amphetamine, 200kg (wet weight) with the estimated street value believed to be around £2,000,000.
Further searches of Brown’s Essex home uncovered a further 817grams of Amphetamine in his garage, with an estimated street value of £8,170 and 18.5kg of Cannabis with a street value of approximately £92,500.
DC Sam Lainchbury, investigating officer, said: “This was an excellent piece of routine policing which uncovered a large amount of drugs which we believe were destined for the streets of Essex.
“Following CMPGs arrest of Brown we carried out intensive and detailed inquiries to gather the evidence against him.
“Staffordshire Police is committed to continuing the fight against drug dealers and we strive to bring them to justice. This investigation has removed a significant amount of drugs from the streets and will go some way to reducing the crimes associated with funding drug misuse, such as burglary and theft.
“Today’s sentence demonstrates our dedication to this area of policing and we hope it encourages anyone with information on drug misuse in their community to contact police, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”
Chief Inspector Jed White, of Central Motorway Police Group, said: “Our officers patrol the regions motorways 24/7 and deal with a wide variety of offences, from minor vehicle defects right through to arresting those, like Brown, who are involved in serious organised crime.
“This is a great example of how CMPG contribute to the wider policing work in the region, tackling what matters to their communities and preventing criminals using our roads for illegal purposes.”