Man jailed after stashing drugs worth £24,000 at home


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A MAN has been jailed after police uncovered a drugs stash worth up to £24,000 at his Ellesmere Port home.

Paul Moffatt, 51, was jailed for two and a half years at Chester Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession of class A and B drugs with intent to supply.

After his arrest, Moffatt told police he had been keeping hold of the drugs for two Polish men, who had paid him £100 to look after the boxes and was unaware as to the nature of the drugs inside the locked boxes.

John Oates, QC, prosecuting, said Moffatt had told police a “cock and bull story”.

Police raided Moffatt’s home in Walkworth Court on the morning of August 19 last year and found three safe boxes, which in total contained cocaine with a street value of between £7,000-12,000, and numerous bags of cannabis valued between £9,000-12,000.

Police also found weighing scales, snap bags and what appeared to be a “dealers list” at Moffatt’s address.

William Beardmore, defending, said Moffatt’s role in the incident had been that of a lesser one.

“His role in this enterprise was so limited, he was simply keeping hold of the safes for more sophisticated offenders to prepare drugs. Indeed, Mr Moffatt has been an alcoholic for 15 years and agreed to keep hold of the safes when he was drunk. He was very naive.”

Sentencing, the Recorder of Chester Judge Elgan Edwards, said: “I disagree that you played a lesser role; you played a significant role in that you were looking after a substantial quantity of drugs for those involved in supplying.”

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