A Grantham man who was caught hiding over a kilo of cocaine in his van was today jailed for five years.
Frank Cheevers, 50, was stopped by South Yorkshire police on the A1 in July last year, Lincoln Crown Court heard.
Cheevers, of Woodbrook, Grantham, was taken to Newark police station and searched but no drugs were found in his possession, the court was told. However police carried out a full search of his van and found the cocaine in a bag which was stashed in a void under the front passenger seat footwell.
Police experts analysed the cocaine and found it to have a purity of 15 per cent. The drugs were seized six months after Metropolitan Police found over £28,000 cash during a search of Cheever’s Grantham home.
Officers carried out a search at the property in January last year and found around £20,000 in cash hidden in a void under the bed in a spare room. Further cash was discovered in a safe. The money was analysed and found to contain traces of cocaine. Three cheap mobile phones were also found during the search and a mobile phone blocking device.
At the scene Cheevers told police “I buy and sell bikes.” During questioning Cheevers denied he was involved in the supply of drugs.
Cheevers later admitted possessing £28,000 in criminal cash following the search on January 23, 2013. He also pleaded guilty to possessing over a kilo of cocaine after he was stopped on July 12, last year.
In mitigation the court heard Cheevers was forced to give up his living as a mechanic after hurting his back.
Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told Cheevers: “You were granted bail but six months later in July last year you were stopped on the A1. Drugs were found in the van you were driving.”