Mr John Freeman was caught grafting from his taxi and was sentenced to three years in prison today.

Crown Court heard that Freeman had got into the trade to pay off the £1,000 Christmas debt he racked up.

The Court heard that police had been informed that Freeman was selling drugs. In the early hours of February 7 last year officers saw him driving a silver Vauxhall Vectra and followed it around until it stopped outside his home in Duke Street.

Freeman admitted cocaine having bags of cocaine worth £228 on him. Police then searched him and discovered £3,145 cash and three mobile phones, said Nigel Beeson, prosecuting.

Police also found a plastic case he had thrown on the floor. This was found to contain a further 58 wraps of the drug with a street value of £1,600.

38-year-old Freeman pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

John Freeman was then sentenced to three years in prison.


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