Drug dealer gets canned
A drug dealer who stored his cocaine in a fake Tango can has been jailed for three years and four months for possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Michael Ballard, from Enfield, was sentenced on 16th July at the Old Bailey after he was stopped by City of London Police in September 2012.
On 6th September 2012, the 22 year old was travelling with friends in the City when their car was stopped by police following an Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) activation.
The officers searched the car and found a ‘dummy’ can of Tango concealed under the seat where Ballard had been sat. Hidden inside the can were eight wrapped up Lotto slips, each contained cocaine.
Following Ballard’s arrest officers searched his home and found equipment used for drug dealing and further amounts of cocaine.
Phone records revealed that Ballard had been dealing drugs to a wide network of people.
PC Thomas Hayball, of the City of London Police, said: “Ballard was responsible for dealing drugs to a lot of people, by removing him from the equation, further drug related crimes will be prevented. His guilty plea and the sentenced passed at court reflects the strong evidence gathered by City of London Police and I am very pleased with the outcome.”