A man found in possession of more than £200,000 worth of cocaine was jailed for four and a half years at Luton Crown Court on Friday.
Kevin Morgan, 44, of Foxglove Way, Bedford had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply.
On July 20 the police received information from the public which prompted officers to attend Morgan’s place of work, at Tri D Motor Engineers in Bedford. They obtained permission to search his possessions, where they found a suspicious package in his toolbox. The package was found to contain a white powder and he was arrested.
Although Morgan claimed that he was looking after it for a friend and was unaware of its contents, he refused to identify the contact, and therefore was charged.
Morgan appeared at Luton Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to being in possession of more than 1 Kilogram of an illegal substance with the intent to pass it on.
He will spend four and a half years in jail for his crime.
DC Ben Dimmock, the investigating officer said: “The information which led to this arrest came from a member of the public, and when uniformed response officers called at the garage, they discovered the cocaine in a tool box. The packet contained cocaine of around 67 per cent purity, so could have had a street value of up to £200,000.
This shows how the vigilance of the public can directly help us disrupt the drugs supply chain in their community and we hope it encourages more people to call in with information.”
If you have information about drug dealing you can leave information without giving your name or details via the independent charity Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111; or you can text Bedfordshire Police on 07786 200011; contact your Safer Neighbourhood Police Team on 01234 841212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org