Erratic driving sees drug dealer caught with heroin, cocaine and stab-proof vests
Erratic driving put a drug dealer on the road to a six-year jail sentence, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.
Theodore Harris cut a corner at speed and made a wrong turn into a cul-de-sac where two police officers were making inquiries into an unrelated matter.
A resident took one look at the new arrival and told them: "That car does not belong around here."
The officers went to investigate and saw a throwing axe lying on the front passenger seat, revealed Mr Antoine Muller, prosecuting.
This prompted a detailed search of the hire car that unearthed over £2,000 worth of high purity cocaine, cannabis and heroin.
A stab-proof vest and phones used for drug dealing were also found.
Harris was arrested after the haul had been discovered in The Willows, Netherton on November 8.
This was seven months after he had been freed on bail pending further inquiries after being stopped at the wheel of another hire car in Weymouth, Dorset, it was revealed.
The 28-year-old had been travelling to Dorchester with a second stab-proof vest in the boot.
He also had wraps of crack cocaine hidden in his sock and £1,360 cash in his pockets.
Harris was taken away for questioning and released on bail on February 12, the court was told.
The father of two was a crack addict with a string of drug offences but had not been accused of dealing before his two most recent crimes, said Mr Muller.
Judge Dean Kershaw told the defendant: “No street dealer sells drugs of this purity. You were closer than most to the source of the cocaine.
"The fact you had stab-proof vests is indicative of the dangerous nature of what you were up to. Yours was a significant role.”
Harris, of no fixed address, whose children are one and two years old, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply in Weymouth on January 27 last year and also admitted possessing crack, heroin and cannabis with intent to supply in Netherton on November 8.