Basingstoke drug dealer, 27, jailed for four years and eight months after officers find cocaine worth £22,000 in Land Rover
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A Basingstoke drug dealer was today jailed for more than four years after officers found cocaine worth a total of £22,000 parked in his Land Rover.
Liam Darvill, 27, of Beaconsfield Road, Basingstoke, escaped from lawful custody after officers executed a drugs warrant at his home address on Tuesday 31 October.
Officers searched his home and found various packets of white powder, more than £2,000 in cash, empty deal bags, a stab vest and two knives.
Later that day, officers searched his black Land Rover Freelander and a significant amount of drugs was seized, which was later confirmed to be cocaine.
The amount of cocaine located within the car was approximately 220 grams and had a street value of £22,000.
Messages found on Darvill’s phone also showed that he was involved in the supply of cocaine, MDMA, ketamine and cannabis.
Darvill, wanted on suspicion of drugs offences and escaping lawful custody, evaded police for seven days before he was arrested on Tuesday 7 November.
He had a knife within his waistband when he was arrested in Oxford.
He was later charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and cannabis and possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A – cocaine.
Darvill was also charged with possessing a knife blade / sharp pointed article in a public place, acquiring / using / possessing criminal property and escaping from lawful custody.
He pleaded guilty to all offences when he appeared at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday 6 December.
Darvill appeared at the same court today (Thursday 14 December) and was jailed for a total of four years and eight months.
Detective Constable Sheryl Teather, from Basingstoke CID, said: “Liam Darvill had no regard for the criminal justice system and brazenly escaped police custody and evaded officers for a week in November.
“Officers worked tirelessly to arrest Darvill and searched his property based on intelligence that had been gathered over a period of time.
“We were able to find a significantly large amount of Class A drugs inside one of his vehicles and I’m pleased to say these drugs are now off the streets, which will make Basingstoke a safer place.
“Our officers will do everything in their power to ensure the area is not targeted by violent drugs networks.
“We do not tolerate any form of drugs supply or the associated criminal exploitation and drug-relate harm that comes with it.
“We know that drug supply causes harm and misery to our communities and is linked to acquisitive crime, as well as some of the most serious violence we see.
“We want you to know that we will relentlessly pursue criminals so that their lives, not those of local people, are a misery.”