A bumbling cocaine dealer led officers around his apartment, showing them where he hid hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cocaine and dirty cash.
Police bumped into Gavin Kelly, 36, in the ground floor of his flat in Rochdale Road, Blackley while carrying out a search warrant on another property. When they asked him if there was anything in the building they should be made aware of, he said: “Yes, obviously, upstairs in the flat – the coke.”
Officers escorted Kelly upstairs to the apartment where he pointed to a cupboard area in the kitchen, which contained a large plastic box with about one kilo of coke with a street value of more than £100,000. He also pointed to a shopping bag and a holdall in the apartment, which contained about £70,000 in cash.
When the incident happened in August, a full search of the whole building was carried out and officers recovered a number of items associated with drug supply including further amounts of cocaine, with an approximate street value of £3,000, electronic scales and money counter, and numerous mobile phones. Officers also seized an Audi A6 TDi worth about £20,000, which was parked outside Kelly’s address, several high value watches with a total value of £29,000 – one of which he was wearing at the time of the search.
Kelly pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply and money laundering at an earlier hearing and this week been sentenced to eight years at Manchester Crown Court. Det Sgt Andrew Buckthorpe, of GMP ’s Challenger Organised Crime Unit, said: “Kelly is an audacious individual who benefited from drugs, which cause so much destruction to people’s lives.
"Today, he has been sentenced to eight years and is safely behind bars, unable to cause any further damage to society and unable to continue the luxurious lifestyle he had become accustomed to. I’d like to thank all the officers involved in this case for their hard work and dedication to bring down people who think they are above the law.”
By Rebecca Gray - The Manchester Evening News/Oct. 16, 2016
Photos: Manchester Police
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