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Jailed: Drugs courier had £150,000 of cocaine on passenger seat of car

By Dayna Farrington | Birmingham | Crime | Published:

A drugs courier has been jailed for six years after officers caught him with more than £150,000 worth of cocaine.

James Russell

James Russell was initially stopped on St Giles Road, Tile Cross, Birmingham, on suspicion of driving without insurance on the evening of March 5.

A suspicious package was seized from the passenger seat and further examination revealed it was five kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of more than £30,000 per kilogram.

The 58-year-old, of Wells Walk, Chelmsley Wood, pleaded guilty to possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on July 13.

Detective Chief Inspector Will Henley, from the Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: "This was a significant amount of cocaine which would have ended up on the streets without the intervention of officers.

"Our subsequent enquiries established Russell was involved in the trading of class A drugs and he must now spend time behind for bars for his criminal activities."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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