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Two years in jail for drug courier snared in cop op

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 28, 2014

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A COCAINE courier netted by undercover cops in Burton has been jailed for two years.

Plain clothes officers staked out the town’s Lidl supermarket car park, in Derby Street, in a surveillance operation.

They watched as a Peugeot car, with two men inside, pulled up and a third man approached the passenger door, leaving after a few minutes.

The car drove off, but was stopped nearby by plain clothes officers. A search of the vehicle revealed a bag in the passenger footwell which contained 27 grams of high purity cocaine with a street value of more than £5,600, said Peter Grice, prosecuting.

Both the front seat passenger, Thomas Sullivan, and the driver David Boal were arrested. Boal was searched at the police station and 16 wraps of the cocaine-substitute MDPV were found in his boxer shorts.

Sullivan, 46, of Belgravia Close, Birmingham, was jailed for two years after admitting conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Boal, 41, of Lower Park, Kettlebrook, Tamworth, was charged with possessing a class B drug with intent to supply.

He was given six months, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid community work.

Stafford Crown Court heard that Boal had driven Sullivan to Burton on June 12, 2012, but was not involved in the cocaine conspiracy.

Judge Nicholas Dean, told Sullivan: “What you were involved in was rather more serious in couriering class A drugs with a high level of purity.”

Darron Whitehead, defending, said: “I have no doubt Sullivan was recruited because he was a desperate man - he was in a very dark place, marriage breaking up, no work, depressed - to pick up a large amount of drugs. Foolishly, he thought it was a good idea.”

On behalf of Boal, Mr Whitehead said he was now addressing his drug use.

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