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Cocaine dealer sent to prison

PUBLISHED: 18:45 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 16 August 2010

A DRUG dealer was jailed for 34 months after police caught him with 26 wraps of cocaine whilst driving on a ban. Police stopped David Cox, 39, of Leesons Way, Orpington, in December last year and discovered the stash which totalled 12 grams along with £3

A DRUG dealer was jailed for 34 months after police caught him with 26 wraps of cocaine whilst driving on a ban.

Police stopped David Cox, 39, of Leesons Way, Orpington, in December last year and discovered the stash which totalled 12 grams along with £330 in cash which he admitted was from selling drugs.

Croydon Crown Court heard on April 17 how Cox had been disqualified two months earlier, one of four bans imposed on him in the past.

In an interview he said he had run up a debt with a drug dealer and started doing some trading on his own to help pay what he owed.

He refused to identify the dealer to the police. He pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent, and driving while disqualified and while uninsured.

Judge Stephen Waller told him: "Those who deal in drugs in commercial fashion must expect a custodial sentence.

"The reason is the harm that cocaine does to those addicted to it. Lives can be ruined.

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