Ellesmere Port man jailed for two years and nine months after being caught with cocaine by drugs dog

A COCAINE courier who was caught with £3,000 of the class A drug by a sniffer dog at Chester station has been jailed for more than two and a half years.

Philip Mark Stuart, 23, of Quayside, Ellesmere Port, intended to sell the drugs in the city but his plans were snuffed out by the keen nose of a British Transport Police drug dog.

Chief inspector Eddie Wylie, head of Operations for BTP in the North West, said: “This case highlights the value of passive drugs dogs. They are an integral part of our team and are invaluable in terms of their ability to sense the presence of drug.

“We routinely deploy the dogs in operations throughout the region and will continue to do so to take action against those who carry illegal drugs on the railway.”

Chester Crown Court heard on Tuesday that Stuart, who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply and possession of a can of CS gas, arrived at Chester station at about 2pm, on Thursday, November 26

Peter Hussey, prosecuting, said: “When he arrived at the station he became the subject of attention from a police sniffer dog.”

A subsequent search of Stuart’s home recovered five wraps of crack cocaine, which was payment for carrying the drugs, and a can of CS spray.

Stephen Kemp, defending, said: “He started a relationship with a woman who’s former partner assaulted Stuart and threw him off a railway bridge, on to an electric line.

“He suffered a partial amputation of the right arm and his foot. That same person coerced Stuart in to couriering the drugs. These people still hold him responsible for the payment of the value.”

Sentencing Stuart to three months imprisonment for possession of the CS gas and two and a half years for intent to supply, less 28 days already served, Judge Roger Dutton said: “You made the choices, and those who courier drugs into must understand it will not be tolerated.”

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