30 months jail for Staffordshire cocaine and cannabis dealer
A man found with cocaine in his car in Staffordshire has been jailed for 30 months.
Steven Simmonds, aged 29, of Ironstone Road, Burntwood, was jailed at Stafford Crown Court after admitting being concerned in the supply of cocaine, possession of cocaine and cannabis, and possession with intent to supply cannabis.
Simmonds pleaded guilty to the offences which he committed while already serving a suspended sentence.
The court heard that officers were patrolling in Burntwood in January last year when they spotted and stopped a black Clio being driven by Simmonds.
They soon found cannabis in the driver's car before a more detailed search uncovered more cannabis, electronic scales, small plastic bags, and two mobile phones.
Simmonds then produced a small bag containing white powder from his pocket which turned out to be 272mg of cocaine.
The cannabis was forensically tested and confirmed to be eight packages weighing a total of 7.46 grams.
The total value of drugs seized were in the region of £110.
Three months later Simmonds was witnessed dealing drugs in Burntwood and was stopped by police.
A search of his car and house recovered four individual snap seal bags of cannabis, £150 cash, cannabis and tobacco, 36 empty plastic snap seal bags of varying sizes and an iPhone.
Pc Stephen Windridge, of Lichfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Simmonds was handling and supplying controlled drugs around Burntwood.
"He conducted this behaviour for some time and he profited at the expense of others. The sentence handed out is a message to those who wish to involve themselves in this lifestyle.
"We do not tolerate drug dealing in Staffordshire and those who think they can profit from others' misery. We will work hard to bring offenders before the courts."
Simmonds was jailed on September 23.
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