A wanted man who was caught smuggling drugs into Preston has been jailed for 20 months, meaning he will miss the birth of his child.
Daniel Cowie, 23, of Thomas Fyre Drive, London, was staying with a friend in the city at the time of the offence, Preston Crown Court heard.
Dad-to-be Cowie, appearing by video link from HMP Pentonville in London, had hidden 20 wraps of cocaine with a street value of around £400 between his buttocks, the court was told.
Prosecuting, Richard Archer said: “ He said he wanted to earn money to get back down to London where he lives and agreed to transport 20 wraps of crack cocaine
“On September 30 last year at 12.25pm PC Clancy stopped a car on North Road, Preston, heading towards Ringway. He was a rear seat passenger.
“He was wanted for another offence. He was arrested and taken into custody and when searched was found to have 20 wraps of crack cocaine, worth around £400, hidden between his buttocks, £205 cash in his sock and two mobile phones.”
The court heard Cowie gave a statement saying the drugs were for his personal use and had no intention to supply it.
But on one of his phones, investigators found text messages consistent with supply of drugs.
Cowie, who has 34 convictions for 45 offences, admitted possession with intent to supply, but the Crown accepted his basis of plea that he agreed to act as a courier, rather than street dealing himself.
Judge Adkin said: “On the one hand there was some financial advantage which would suggest a significant role, on the other hand your role was limited, although we all know those involved in couriering drugs play an important part in maintaining drug supply.”