Taxi passenger stashed cocaine worth £19k in his undies to flee police

A cocaine dealer hid £19,000 worth of drugs in his underpants for police to find during a search after he was arrested.

Waseem Adalat was stopped by officers in a taxi on the A590 between Newby Bridge and Barrow-in-Furness.

Cumbria Police said the 33-year-old had paid the driver a £254 fare to travel from Halifax to Whitehaven but then gave ‘inconsistent accounts for his travel to the area’.

A search of the vehicle on May 22 uncovered a black and yellow axe was located in the front passenger footwell and two mobile phones were seized from Adalat.

When he was searched in police custody Adalat was found to have 190g of white powder hidden in his underwear.

The drugs were later identified as cocaine with an esitmated £19,000 valuation.

Adalat, of Balmoral Place, Halifax, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court today (October 7) to three years in prison for possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession an offensive weapon in a public place.

Detective Christopher Appleyard said: “Cumbria Constabulary is committed to pursuing anyone and everyone connected to the supply of drugs in the county and today’s result shows the consequences that await those who are caught being involved in dealing drugs.

“The county is no soft touch when it comes to drug dealing and county lines, Adalat is just the latest to be starting periods behind bars after being caught in possession of drugs.

“we continue to encourage the public to report any suspicions they have regarding the supply of drugs.”

Anyone with information on drug supply can contact Cumbria Police on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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