A DRUG dealer has been locked up after he tried to hide hundreds of pounds worth of drugs in a toy egg.
Gary Hart was jailed for four years after police caught him red-handed with heroin and a large amount of cash in a car.
It comes after a Hartlepool Police
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campaign against the scourge of drugs has seen more than a dozen vile dealers jailed for more than 40 years.
Police say they dealers make healthy profits from causing misery to others and they will continue to fight to cage people like Hart for selling drugs.
Hart, 36, was pulled over by police on the A689 near Greatham village, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, on unrelated matters.
He refused to open the doors at first and put up a struggle when challenged by the officers.
They discovered the children’s plastic egg containing the drugs hidden on his body.
Inside was 24 street deals of heroin.
Hart also had £699 in cash on him, which was believed to be the proceeds of drug dealing.
He was due to stand trial at Teesside Crown Court, but changed his plea to guilty on the day the trial was set to start.
PC Kemberly Burrell, of Hartlepool Dedicated Drugs Unit, welcomed the sentence, adding: “We will continue to target persistent dealers who are intent on dealing drugs within the community and seek lengthy prison sentences like this.
“Despite often feeding their own drug habits, they are also making healthy profits from causing misery to others.
“We would urge people to contact our 24-hour hotline. The information will be checked in the strictest confidence and acted on wherever possible.”
Hart admitted possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.
The cash was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Hart, of Wharton Terrace, Hartlepool, was pulled over while driving a Ford Mondeo near Greatham on April 12.
He is the latest dealer to be snared by the drugs Unit after a string of successful arrests and convictions.
Hartlepool Police’s war on drugs has seen another 13 of the town’s dealers jailed during the last year for selling all manner of illegal drugs.
They have been given prison sentences totalling more than 40 years.
Anyone with information about drugs is urged to contact Hartlepool Police on (01642) 302181 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.