Cocaine and cannabis worth over £4,000 was found stuffed in a JD Sports bag by police in the kitchen of a 'persistent' drug dealer.

Andrew Oldham, 39, from Harprurhey, was also found to have a set of electric scales and a list of debtors following the raid of his north Manchester home.

He has now been jailed for four years by a judge.

His home was raided and searched in February this year following intelligence gathered as part of Operation Sussex - which focuses on targeting gang-related violence fuelled by the sale of drugs in North Manchester Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

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In the kitchen, officers found the plastic drawstring bag filled with over £4,000 worth of drugs, individually packaged ready for distribution.

It was the second raid at the house following another warrant executed in April last year.

On that occasion, officers found over £1,500 worth of Class A and Class B drugs, as well as a mobile phone containing "orders".

A month earlier during a stop and search close to his home, Oldham was found in possession of nearly £400 worth of cannabis and over £4000 in cash.

The bag stuffed with drugs found in Oldham's kitchen

Oldham, of Kingsbridge Road, Harpurhey, was charged with possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs, following the more recent find, and with possession with intent to supply Cannabis, following the searches last year.

He previously pleaded guilty to all charges and was today sentenced to a total of four years behind bars at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Courrt.

Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Liam Carolan from GMP's City of Manchester North district team said: “I am pleased with today's result as it means a significant amount of drugs have been prevented from making their way onto the streets of Greater Manchester, and a significant amount of money prevented from ended up in the hands of organised criminals.

Wraps of Cocaine ready for sale found at Oldham's home

"We are committed to tackling the supply of drugs, which completely destroy lives and blight our communities.

“Oldham is a persistent offender, I hope this highlights our determination to stamp out this sort of criminality and serves as a warning to anyone dealing drugs that sooner or later their criminal life will catch up with them.

"Our officers often rely on vital information passed to them from the public. If you notice anything suspicious, we encourage you to report in via LiveChat on our website, contacting police on 101, or calling the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. If you say something, we can do something."