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Man who told police he had a ‘load of drugs in the car’ is jailed

A man who told officers he had “a load of drugs” in the back of his car when he was pulled over by police has been jailed.

Alistair Cantrill, aged 23, was stopped shortly after midnight on 28 August 2018.

He attempted to flee the scene by jumping out of the vehicle he was driving and running across the carriageway but was detained shortly afterwards in nearby undergrowth.

Moments earlier he had led police on a high speed pursuit after failing to stop – driving at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour in a desperate bid to escape.

He was pursued for a short distance along the A38 and as he was detained, Cantrill said to the arresting officer: “I am going to be honest with you, Sir, there’s a load of drugs in the back of the car.”

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True to his word, Cantrill had in the vehicle a significant amount of cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines.

Cash and mobile phones were also recovered from the vehicle.

Further drugs, phones, cash and associated dealing paraphernalia were discovered when officers searched his home address.

Cantrill, of Huthwaite Road, Sutton, declined to comment at his first police interview but later pleaded guilty to counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and two counts of possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday (6 January) he was jailed for three years.

He had previously pleaded guilty to offences of dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance at a hearing in September 2020.

PC Vicky Buttery, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “After diligent Police action, Cantrill was apprehended and found with a very significant quantity of drugs in his possession. Had they not been intercepted, these drugs could have caused considerable harm on our streets.

“We will never tolerate those who make their living from selling drugs and will continue with our efforts to make their lives as difficult as possible and bring them to justice.”

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