Speeding Hartlepool driver caught with £5k of cocaine

Anthony Dunn.
Anthony Dunn.

A driver who was stopped for speeding was jailed for four years after police found he was carrying cocaine.

Anthony Dunn attracted the attention of a traffic patrol in Wiltshire Way in Hartlepool because he was driving his BMW too quickly, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Rachel Masters, prosecuting said: “He stopped, but at first refused to get into the back of the police car.

“He fled on foot, as he ran the pursuing officers noticed him throw a package over a wall into some allotments.

“The package was later recovered and found to contain 120g of cocaine which has an estimated street value of £4,800.”

The court heard Dunn had £710 cash in his pocket, and two mobile phones.

Ms Masters added: “One of the phones contained messages which are indicative of drug dealing.

“One of the messages read: ‘Now mate, can I square five today, five Monday, and five Friday’.

“When interviewed later by police, Dunn made no comment.”

Dunn, 28, of Jones Road, Hartlepool, admitted possessing a class A drug with intent to supply it on June 21 last year.

He has 16 previous convictions, including one for possessing cocaine.

Andrew Teate, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Dunn concedes he was a recreational drugs user, but that use spiralled out of control.

“He lost his well-paid job and, perhaps inevitably, fell into debt to his dealer.

“Pressure was applied for him to repay the £2,000, and he felt he had no option but to turn to dealing to raise the cash.

“Mr Dunn has since stopped using drugs altogether, and has secured another well-paid job installing cables at London Heathrow airport.”

Judge John Camp jailed Dunn for four years.

The judge told him: “I accept there may have been an element of coercion in your offending, but the amount of drugs seized is at the higher end of what the courts usually see in street dealing cases of this type.” The drugs and cash will be confiscated.