Preston man Lee Evans cleared of cocaine dealing allegations

A man has been cleared for posessing cocaine with intent to supply it and acquiring criminal property, relating to cash and designer gear in his home.

Thursday, 23rd September 2021, 12:30 pm

Lee Evans, 36, of Hudson Street, Preston, was arrested after he attempted to throw away packages, including cocaine and a bag containing £1,670, when police officers chased him in the Preston Docks area on November 17 last year.

He was found in possession of cocaine when he was detained, and had £400 on him, Preston Crown Court heard.

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The homes of the defendant and his then girlfriend were then searched, revealing further drugs and a stash of designer clothes, bags, shoes, belts and a watch - including Louis Vuitton luggage, Prada and Armani items - and a £3,500 dental bill receipt.

But jurors at Preston Crown Court rejected the prosecution's case the designer gear represented the "trappings of a drug dealer".

He was found not guilty following a trial.

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