Two men caught dealing drugs during the middle of the afternoon in a Wolverhampton city centre car park have each been jailed for two years and eight months.
Aneed Shabar and Syed Hasnain were sitting in a stationary Vauxhall Insignia with its engine still running when police swooped.
The two officers had gone to the Friar Street car park on an unrelated matter at 3.15pm on January 15, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard yesterday.
As they approached the saloon they saw 21-year-old Shabar trying to hide a bag, explained prosecutor Mrs Sati Ruck.
The bag was found to contain 19 wraps of cocaine worth £560 and a number of sealed bags used to parcel up drug deals, the court was told. The two men also had a list of dealers and four mobile phones, three of which had text messages linked to the supply of cocaine, continued Mrs Ruck.
Simon Rippon, defending, said Shabar had been forced into dealing to settle a drug debt. Hasnain, 23, of Butts Road, Penn, had just been freed on licence from a five-and-a-half year sentence for robbery less than two months earlier, the court heard.
He was in the car to support his friend, said his lawyer Mr Roy Paterson.
Hansain and Shabar both admitted possession of cocaine with intent to supply.