THIS is the discovery police made after pulling over the car of a drugs courier which led officers to crime boss Alexander Dobbing.
The packages, bound in brown tape, put specialist investigators on the route to Dobbing’s door after they were found in the car of the courier.
The blocks of cocaine weighed in at 2kg and tests revealed its purity level at 73 per cent, giving them a value of £300,000.
The North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) say the high potency of the drugs lead them to conclude they were destined to be diluted to a lesser purity to yield a greater profit and were likely to be sold across County Durham, Wearside and Northumberland.
Detectives believe the eyes drawn onto the packages, found in a bag the back of the Vauxhall Insignia pulled over at the Red Lion pub in Plawsworth, near Chester-le-Street, were a code to signify who the drugs were destined for.
Bruce, 32, of Cedarwood Grove in Leechmere, Sunderland, was arrested on September 17 and initially denied knowing the package was in the car, but changed his plea to guilty to possessing a class A drug with intent to supply in December.
Days later, on December 10, Dobbing, 35, was taken into custody on the Scottish border and later charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Before his arrest, the 35-year-old had been renting a large home in a luxury housing estate in Burdon Walk, Castle Eden, which has been described by police as “lavish” and featured an entertainment room, which included a cinema screen, and games room with a pool table.
Following the case, Detective Inspector Paul Colling, of NERSOU, said: “Alexander Dobbing headed this organised crime group directing people such as Wayne Bruce to act as his courier, to transport Class A controlled drugs such as cocaine into the North East region from Liverpool.
“The street value of the 2kg of cocaine is £300,000, clearly showing their level of criminality and the profits involved.
“However, the greater the profits the greater the risk criminals face when they get caught and we will seek to strip those convicted, of their criminally gained assets.
“Drugs cause misery and organised crime is a serious problem that affects real people.
“Its impact is seen in our communities every single day.
“Hopefully today’s sentencing will send the right message out to those contemplating entering a life of crime.
“Think twice before you get involved, because when you get caught you risk wasting the best years of your life in prison, with nothing but regrets for you, your family and friends.”