Preston dealer spared jail after being caught hiding £600 of cocaine in his underwear

Preston Crown Court.
Preston Crown Court.
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A Preston drug dealer has been spared jail after being caught with 20 wraps of cocaine and £550 cash when he was pulled over in his Audi A3 in Deepdale.

Kamran Farooq, 27, pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply at Preston Crown Court.

The court heard Preston police received a report that there was drug dealing taking place in Deepdale at around 3pm on May 23 last year.

Officers went to the scene and spotted Farooq at the wheel in Somerset Road. Another car was also seen driving away and was followed by officers.

Farooq was searched and the cash was discovered at the roadside. He was taken to Preston Police Station for further searches but seemed cagey about allowing officers to search his underwear.

But when they did, they discovered a package containing two smaller packages with 20 wraps of cocaine inside.

The drugs were a total weight of 6.72g with a street value of between £500 to £600.

Judge Andrew Leeming QC, sentencing, said: “This is a very serious offence.

“You have had difficulties in your life and have been addicted to cocaine.

“You have had debts to dealers.

“Some of the cocaine was for distribution among your friends but some of it, you have accepted, was certainly being sold for money.”

He handed Farooq, of St Paul’s Road, Deepdale a 19 month sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered him to undertake 12 months supervision and 150 hours of unpaid work. A charge of supplying class A drugs was left to lie on the file.