11th Apr, 2021

Drugs courier jailed after being caught with £150,000 worth of cocaine

A DRUGS courier from Chelmsley Wood has been jailed for six years after officers caught him with more than £150,000 worth of cocaine when they stopped his car in Birmingham.

James Russell was initially stopped on St Giles Road, Tile Cross, on suspicion of driving without insurance on the evening of March 5 this year.

Officers seized a package from the passenger seat which contained 5kg of cocaine, with a street value of more than £30,000 per kilogram.

The 58-year-old, of Wells Walk, Chelmsley Wood, pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (July 13).

Det Ch Insp Will Henley from West Midlands Police’s Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) said: “This was a significant amount of cocaine which would have ended up on the streets without the intervention of officers.

“Our subsequent enquiries established Russell was involved in the trading of Class A drugs and he must now spend time behind for bars for his criminal activities.”

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