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Man sentenced after cocaine found in his underpants

A man was caught hiding cocaine inside his boxer shorts after a proactive police stop.

Officers’ suspicions were aroused after spotting a car while on patrol in the Bestwood area of Nottingham.

After the vehicle was stopped in Arnold Road, during the early hours of 8 April 2020, the driver and the car smelt strongly of cannabis.

When he was searched, officers found a large quantity of cash in his sock and the driver told them he had some cocaine concealed in his underwear. Mobile phones were also seized during searches.

Further searches were carried out at the police station, during which a lump of white powder was recovered, and a man was arrested.

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Samuel Wilkinson, aged 24, of Cemetery Road, Stapleford, later pleaded guilty to three charges of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and to a further count of supplying a Class B drug.

Wilkinson appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday (20 May 2022) and was handed a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 150 hours’ unpaid work.

Police Constable Eliot Longdon, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The officers who pulled Wilkinson over were struck by the smell of cannabis and observed that his eyes appeared glazed and his speech was slurred and incoherent. When he was questioned following the stop he appeared to be on edge and anxious to get away.

“We recognise the harmful impact that the illegal supply of drugs can cause and, as shown in this example of proactive policing, we are committed to taking positive action to keep our communities safe, taking drugs off our streets and holding those responsible to account.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to tackle drug crime our officers also work closely with local communities to gather intelligence. That’s why it’s vital that if members of the public see something suspicious in their area, they should report it to police.

“We will always take those reports seriously and ensure that any concerns raised are investigated.”

If you see something suspicious in your area, please do not hesitate to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101. In an emergency, dial 999.

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