A drug dealer dumped cocaine worth up to £200,000 in a Southport park while being chased by police.
Jason Tidy claims he was forced to courier the drugs after running up debts to feed his own addiction but caught the attention of police with his dangerous driving.
Tidy, of Longacre, Southport, was spotted driving erratically on Botanic Road in March and was soon being pursued by officers.
He got out of the car and attempted to run away through Botanic Gardens, discarding the bag in the process, but was soon caught and arrested.
Prosecuting, Chris Hopkins told Liverpool Crown Court that Tidy told officers that it was him who was driving the car and that he had panicked and ran.
The bag was recovered and found to contain around 2kg of cocaine - worth up to £80k as wholesale or up to £200,000 through street deals.
Mr Hopkins explained that a search of Tidy’s home found remnants of cocaine in a bag as well as names and numbers written on an envelope which indicated an involvement in drug dealing.
The court heard that Tidy was convicted of possession of a Class C drug with intent to supply in 2007 and sentenced to a community order.
Defending, Jim Smith said that Tidy had been pushed into small scale dealing to pay his own drug debts but was forced to complete a courier job after failing to do so.
He said that the 34-year-old had “descended into drug addiction” after the death of his grandparents, who had been like parents to him, but that he subsequently lost his job and was unable to fund the habi
Tidy was then effectively “forced” into acting as a courier but his nervousness led to him speeding and attracting the attention of police.
Mr Smith added that since being remanded into custody, Tidy has taken steps to address his addiction and regrets the damage he has caused to his family.
Tidy pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and was handed a sentence of four years and six months.
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