A CLASS A drug dealer has been jailed at Chester Crown Court as a result of an officer deciding to stop and search a car in Cheshire.

Reece Gayle, of Fairfields Road in Irlam, Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drug cocaine.

The 26-year-old also admitted charges of possession of criminal property (£1,575 in cash) and possession of class B drug cannabis.

Gayle was sentenced Wednesday, June 2.

He was jailed for two years and eight months.

Gayle was pulled over in the Heyes Lane area of Alderley Edge at about 10pm on Tuesday, April 13.

An officer on patrol stopped and searched Gayle’s silver BMW due to suspicions regarding his driving and his subsequent account of where he had been and where he was going.

Remnants of cannabis were found in the car.

A decision was made to take Gayle to custody for a strip search.

He was found to have eight snap bags of cocaine in his underwear.

The street value of the drugs seized is estimated to be between £160 and £400.

Prior to the search messages relating to drug dealing were found on Gayle’s mobile phone.

His home was also subsequently searched, with officers finding the £1,575 in cash there, as well as a small quantity of cannabis, three scales and large bundles of snap bags.

Gayle refused to answer any questions in custody, but he pleaded guilty to the offences he was charged with when he appeared at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, April 15.

PC Sam Needham, who led the investigation as part of his role of policing the Alderley Edge area at Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, said: “This case emphasises the importance of the police’s power to stop and search people and vehicles they suspect to be involved in crime.

“It is an essential tool for tackling crime and making communities safer.

“As a result of our ability to stop and search Reece Gayle after he was witnessed driving suspiciously in Alderley Edge, a class A drug dealer and a quantity of cocaine have been removed from our streets.

“It is a class A drug for a reason.

“Cocaine causes untold damage to the lives of both those who use the drug and become dependent on it and the wider community who suffer from the resulting crime.

“I hope this case, and the fact that Gayle is now behind bars facing the consequences of his actions, deters others from getting involved in the supply of cocaine or any other class A drug.

“They have a hugely detrimental impact on communities.”

On top of his custodial sentence, Gayle was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £190.

You can report suspected drug dealing to Cheshire Constabulary directly by calling 101 or giving the details here.

Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.