Jail for dealers who hid drugs in car’s airbag

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TWO Wigan men who tried stowing part of a £20,000 staches of drugs in a car’s airbag have been jailed.

Ken Grant, prosecuting, said that police stopped a Fiat Punto driven by Keith Boardman in Kirkhall Lane, Leigh, and searched him and the vehicle.

A space was noticed in the passenger airbag and when it was searched officers found a black sock containing a plastic bag in which there was amphetamine paste in a wrap and a tub containing five further ounces of the drug.

Boardman was arrested and police then raided a house in Clark Street in the town, the home of William Unsworth. They found a small wrap of amphetamine, a large bag of glucose powder used as a mixing agent, a plastic bag containing an ounce of amphetamine and scales.

In a recess under the floor in a cupboard under the stairs officers found a safe, the key for which was found on Boardman when arrested, said Mr Grant. This contained 13 bars of cannabis and bags containing 35oz of amphetamine paste.

The drugs found in the house had a street value of £19,000 and those in the car were worth £1,680.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Unsworth had no drug convictions but Boardman had them for a plot involving Class A substances and supplying cannabis.

Jailing 54-year-old Boardman for two and a half years, Judge Mark Brown said he had played the principal role and they had been his drugs which he intended to supply commercially.

He told Unsworth that he accepted his was the lesser role in allowing his home to be used to store and prepare drugs for sale. He jailed him for 12 months. Boardman, of Leigh Road, Hindley Green, and Unsworth, 59, had both pleaded guilty to possessing amphetamine and cannabis with intent to supply. The court heard in mitigation that both men had admitted their responsibility and have spent some time in custody on remand.