Police busted a cannabis farm in a Class A drug dealer's loft after arresting him heading into Widnes.
Carl Daniels, 57, of Lascelles Road, Liverpool, was the passenger in a VW Golf on Speke Boulevard at around 1pm on Tuesday, January 28, that was spotted by Cheshire police officers with information to believe it was up to no good.
Chris Hopkins, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court today, said the patrol followed the car, which stopped before the driver fled, throwing away some wraps of drugs as he went.
Back at the VW Golf, Cheshire police officers checked the passenger seat where Daniels had been sitting and found 26 wraps of crack cocaine and 26 wraps of heroin, both Class A drugs.
A search of his home address uncovered another 24 wraps of crack, plus a cannabis farm hydroponics set-up featuring sheeting, heating and lights.
There were 30 plants of the Class B drug in total and 26 empty plant pots from a recent crop.
In interview, he said he was involved in "bagging" drugs.
Daniels later pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and production of a Class B drug, which Daniels asked to be taken into consideration as part of the Class A sentencing.
Michael Davies, defending, said there had been some dispute over whether Daniels would be charged with a slightly lesser offence of "being concerned in" drug supply but Daniels decided to accept the prosecution case.
Mr Davies said his client was "lightly convicted" and essentially of good character, having received his first convictions last year for driving without due care and attention, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, driving without insurance, and without a licence.
Daniels was a drug user and this had been "aggravated" in recent years by the death of his mother and another relative being seriously ill.
Mr Davies said the defendant’s codefendant Daniel McCann, 32, of Waterloo Street, St Helens, who was sentenced to 42 months behind bars at an earlier hearing.
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Judge Garrett Byrne, presiding, sentenced Daniels to three years in prison and granted a forfeiture and destruction order for his phone and drugs.
He noted Daniels had "very substantial mitigation".
Sentencing Daniels, Judge Byrne said: “Mr Daniels, I’ve no doubt you’re aware of the deleterious effects of drugs, both on the people addicted to drugs and on society at large who have to carry the burden of increased health costs and increased crime.”