Dealer caught by sniffer dogs

Jailed: Paul Oakes
Jailed: Paul Oakes
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A drug dealer has been jailed for five years for transporting thousands of pounds of drugs through Lancashire.

Paul Oakes, 44, of Apollo Crescent, Liverpool, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court yesterday after previously pleading guilty to one count of possession of cocaine with intent to supply and one count of possession of heroin with intent to supply last month.

Both offences were discovered on Friday November 15 last year when Oakes was stopped by a motorway patrol at the M6 Northbound Lancaster Forton Service Station. When officers, with the assistance of drugs dogs, searched Oakes’ vehicles, they discovered a large quantity of crack cocaine, valued at nearly £32,000, and a large quantity of heroin, valued at over £88,000, both of which were already packaged in plastic wraps, concealed in the spare tyre within the vehicle’s boot.

DC Tristan Hardwick of Lancaster CID said: “The seizure of these drugs will have a large impact for the area they were intended. We will continue to actively police our motorway networks to ensure criminals are not using them.”