BRITAIN - A man is starting life behind bars after police found £1.9 million worth of heroin in his car.
David Partington was driving a Range Rover on the M6 motorway near junction 10 just outside Walsall on May 15 with ten house brick-sized blocks of heroin hidden in a draw-string bag and got into hot water when detectives pulled him over.
The dad of two, of Roch Crescent, Whitefield, tried to plead his innocence – but a text message to the gang he was working for gave him away. It read: "I've got 10 Kilo on Board I'm being safe" and was enough for prosecutors to link Partington – a professional joiner by trade – to the massive drugs haul.
The 30 year old initially denied heroin possession with intent to supply at Wolverhampton Crown Court but changed his plea to guilty. He was found not guilty of a further charge of cocaine possession with intent to supply
Partington was sentenced to seven years four months in prison at a hearing on September 30. He was also ordered to forfeit the Range Rover and £370 in cash found in the car. The total value of the heroin was £1.97 million and it was destined to flood the streets of Greater Manchester.
After the hearing, Detective Constable Mark Hackett, from West Midlands Police’s priorities team, said: “Partington was so sure of himself he sent a text saying he was on his way home after hiding the drugs inside the boot of his car.
“He wasn’t expecting to be stopped by motorway officers just before midnight on Thursday May 15. What he didn’t realise was that by sending the message he had implicated himself, which made it very difficult for him to claim he was innocent. We are pleased with the sentencing.
“West Midlands Police takes drug criminality very seriously and will do everything within its power to stop the supply and dealing of drugs. This is a significant find which has prevented millions of pounds worth of drugs finding their way onto the streets.”
Bury Times/Oct. 5, 2014