Wolves striker turned drug dealer jailed for four years

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A disgraced former Wolves striker has been jailed for more than four years for dealing cocaine.

Chris Cornes, aged 28, was caught with 0.5kg of high purity cocaine in a car and had almost £38,000 in cash when he was arrested by police in his home city of Worcester on May 13 this year.

At Gloucester Crown Court yesterday Cornes, of Bromyard Road, Worcester, admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply and being in possession of criminal property. He was jailed for four years and four months.

His right hand man Marcus Henney, 45, of Sunnyside Road, Worcester, also admitted possession with intent to supply and was jailed for three years.

Cornes started his football career at Wolves as a trainee and went on to play for Port Vale, Milton Keynes Dons, Worcester City, AFC Telford United, Bromsgrove Rovers, Stourport Swifts, Evesham United, Malvern Town and Littleton.

At one stage during his Wolves career he was suspended for six months after testing positive for cocaine.

Judge Michael Cullum, passing sentence, said: "Cornes, you were effectively directing operations and Hanney was your right hand man.

"This was a disastrous foray for the two of you into a life of crime.

"The drugs seized from you would not doubt have gone out into the local area to cause more misery. This was pure greed.

Both men were told they will have to return to court at a later date for a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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