Police pulled over driver and found 1,000 wraps of cocaine in his shorts

A drug dealer has been jailed after police found almost 1,000 wraps of Class A substances in his shorts after his car was pulled over by cops.

Matthew Roddy's Honda Civic was stopped by police officers on August 16, 2019, and he gave them his twin brother's name, behaving suspiciously.

The 31-year-old was later taken into custody.

As he got out of a police van used to take him to the station, his shorts were seen to partly fall off.

Roddy, who gave his real name on arrest, was searched before being taken to a cell where officers discovered a black plastic bag was seen to be hanging out of his pants.

The haul was made up of 790 wraps of cocaine weighing 114g and 177 wraps of heroin were found inside.

He was also found to be in possession of two mobile phones and three SIM cards linked to the supplying of drugs and previous trips to the South West.

Initially denying he was a drug dealer, Roddy, of Warrenhurst Road, Fleetwood, Lancashire, after he was stopped driving on the M5 near Exeter, Devon.

The criminal claimed he had travelled from Blackpool for a holiday in Paignton, Devon.

Roddy has since admitted his involvement in the drugs trade, but claims he was only a mere courier.

Judge Timothy Rose said the offence was "too serious" for a non-custodial sentence.

He said: "You were coming half the length of the country with £12,000 worth of drugs and very nearly 1,000 Class A wraps, and that can only be met, whatever the underlying circumstances, by immediate prison."

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In mitigation, the court heard how Roddy was carrying out the courier role in order to pay off a drugs debt he accrued as an addict and was under pressure from people higher up the chain.

Richard Vardon, defending, said his client was "on the path to rehabilitation."

Roddy was jailed for 30 months after pleading guilty to two drugs-supply offences.

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