Drug dealer jailed for massive stash

PUBLISHED: 12:37 11 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:35 15 June 2010

Police uncovered a massive stash of amphetamine worth over £47,000 when they stopped a motorist in East Devon because they believed he was driving without insurance.

Police uncovered a massive stash of amphetamine worth over £47,000 when they stopped a motorist in East Devon because they believed he was driving without insurance.Exeter Crown Court heard after Daryl Dudley was pulled over officers found 85 grams of the drug in the vehicle. That led to a search of his home near Honiton where police uncovered a further 4.76 kilos of the drug hidden in a cupboard in the kitchen.Dudley, 30, pleaded guilty to possessing amphetamine with intent to supply and was jailed for 15 months by Judge Ian Leeming QC, who said he was "a willing participant in the supply chain".Dudley had claimed at an earlier hearing that he was just looking after the drugs for someone else and was under threat from people in the drugs world.But Judge Leeming rejected Dudley's claim, saying that the amount of the drugs was substantial and the defendant's account was "unconvincing".Nigel Wraith, defending, said Dudley, of Otter View, Monkton, was not a man who was rich enough to go and spend more than £40,000 on drugs and he maintained that he was holding the stash for someone else.Since the offence, he had obtained a job driving with a property maintenance company and, if he went straight to prison, he would lose that employment.Mr Wraith said in the long term a prison sentence would mean that Dudley's wife, their three children and a fourth on the way would be the people who suffered.Sending him to prison for 15 months Judge Leeming told Dudley: "The quantity of drugs and the value is such that I cannot pass anything other than an immediate custodial sentence. I hope when you are released you will get your life back on track."The judge ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs and a set of scales found at the house.


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