A street drug dealer had been jailed after police found a stash of crack cocaine and heroin in his Gucci man bag.

Keagan Allen, 25, tried to run away but officers collared him and found 31 snap bags of drugs as well as £210 in cash in his designer pouch.

Police were alerted when they saw a white Ford Focus travelling at 'high speed' along Old Birley Street in Hulme on the afternoon of February 22 this year, prosecutor Neil Ronan told Manchester Crown Court on Thursday.

Officer stopped the car nearby and saw Allen was the sole occupant. The court heard that he gave police a false name.

The officers' suspicions were raised further when they discovered the car was insured to someone else and Allen appeared to be 'disproportionately nervous', said the prosecutor.

When officers asked him to get out of the car, Allen was 'passively resistant' although eventually he complied and he was arrested and handcuffed.

Keagan Allen had drugs in his Gucci man bag

He started to run away but he was stopped and officers seized the Gucci 'man bag' which had been around his waist, said Mr Ronan.

Genuine Gucci man bags cost more than £500.

Inside it, officers found 24 'deals' of crack cocaine, 25 of heroin and a snap bag containing a solid rock and two other bags containing a brown powder as well as £210 in cash, the court heard.

Police eventually established his true identity and searched his home in Stretford although no drugs were found there.

He was arrested and made no comment when he was interviewed by detectives although he said he was a crack cocaine user and would 'sell to friends', the court was told.

He claimed he gave a false name as this was the person he thought the vehicle was insured to.

A forensic examination of the contents of the bag uncovered 3.84 grams of cocaine and 5.2 grams of heroin.

Allen, the court heard, had eight convictions for 18 previous offences.

Stuart Duke, defending, said his client was selling drugs to fund his own crack cocaine addiction.

"The defendant realises he has to go to prison. Dealing class A drugs is a very serious matter. But he has now turned his life around. He's no longer addicted to drugs. He's carried out some useful work in the community. He's also volunteering for the NHS doing cleaning work," said the barrister.

The Recorder of Manchester, Judge Dean QC, told the defendant: "You were street dealing awful drugs that cause misery to many people, indeed probably mostly to yourself. It's now accepted that at the time you were crack addict.

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"I think this is a case where you have changed somewhat, perhaps because of the seriousness of your offending and the consequences for you. At the end of the day the fact is you were engaged in street dealing in class A drugs."

Allen, of Longford Close in Stretford, was jailed for two years and four months after he admitted two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, driving without insurance and obstructing police.

Dressed smartly in a three-piece suit in the dock, Allen showed no reaction when the sentence was delivered.