A man has been jailed after officers recovered £100,000 worth of Class A drugs following a routine vehicle stop in west London.
He pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 9 September to possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and driving with no insurance.
Ashley Marshall, 28 (14.10.92), of Ladbroke Grove, Kensington and Chelsea, was sentenced to 42 months’ imprisonment at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday, 15 October.
The court heard that at about 19:40hrs on Monday, 7 September, officers on mobile patrol noticed a car driving erratically heading towards the A40 Westway in Kensington and Chelsea.
Officers stopped the car on Westway, and upon speaking to the driver, noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle.
The driver, Marshall, was asked to exit the vehicle and was detained for a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Officers searched Marshall and his vehicle and recovered 1kg of Class A drugs (cocaine), with an estimated street resale value of £80,000 to £100,000, from underneath the driver’s seat.
Enquiries revealed that Marshall was not insured to drive the vehicle and he was further arrested for this offence.
He was taken to a west London police station. Whilst being taken to custody, he told an officer that he had items in his underwear. Following a further search, 14 small packages of crack cocaine (2.64g) and three packages of heroine (501mg) were recovered.
During his interview, Marshall remained silent in relation to any questions put to him about the drugs.
He was charged on Tuesday, 8 September and was subsequently convicted in relation to the offences disclosed.
Inspector Al Connelly, from the Central West Area’s Violence Suppression Unit, said: “This is a good example of everyday policing where someone is stopped due to the manner of their driving.
“On this occasion, the officers’ intuition led to us seizing a sizeable amount of Class A drugs - preventing them from ending up on the streets of London.
“Drugs blight communities and ruin lives. We will continue to robustly target those who prioritise self-benefit and selfish ambition. Greed is being prioritised over community safety, those that continue in this vain will be targeted and brought to trial.”