Cocaine dealer caught after using child's train ticket
PUBLISHED: 16:31 22 October 2010 | UPDATED: 15:54 12 November 2010
Three year sentence for carrying £40,000 of drugs
A DRUG dealer carrying £40,000 worth of cocaine in a rucksack was nicked because he was travelling on a child’s train ticket.
British Transport Police officers spotted James Hiskey using the cut-price ticket to get through the barriers of Shenfield Station in Hutton Road, Shenfield, Brentwood, on the morning of June 8 - and then discovered his illegal haul.
Basildon Crown Court in The Gore, Basildon, heard today (October 22) that Hiskey, 30, was carrying just under a kilo of the drug, wrapped in pink wrapping paper and stored inside the rucksack.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Tim Keep, said that Hiskey roused the attention of plain-clothed police officers who were on the lookout for potential bike thieves, because he was acting suspiciously.
“After he moved away from the bike racks and into the station, the officer followed discreetly behind him in order to see what his next move would be,” he added.
Hiskey then went through the barriers at the station using a junior ticket and was stopped by BTP officers.
Det Con Keep added: “Police checks were carried out and Hiskey became more and more nervous as the officers questioned him.”
“At that point he tried to run off from them and escape, but he was tackled to the ground and arrested.”
Officers carried out a search of Hiskey’s bag and the large package of cocaine was discovered.
He was later charged with possession with intent to supply a class A Drug (Cocaine) and remanded in custody.
“A simple bike crime operation has culminated in a substantial prison term for someone who was in possession of a very large quantity of class A drugs,” added Det Con Keep.
“Thankfully that drug did not end up on the streets and we very much welcome the custodial sentence that has been handed down by the court.”
Hiskey, of no fixed abode, was sentenced today (October 22) to three years and nine months in prison for possession with intent to supply the drug.