A Manchester drug dealer who was stopped on the M6 with nearly Â£2million worth of heroin has been jailed for over 7 years.
David Partington of Roch Crescent, Whitefield had picked up a consignment of heroin worth Â£1.97 million and was on his way home via the M6 when motorway cops stopped him just outside Walsall near to Junction 10.
They searched the 30-year-oldâ€™s Range Rover and found, hidden in a draw string bag, 10 house brick sized blocks of heroin.
When text messages where checked they revealed that he had sent a message saying: “Iâ€™ve got 10 Kilo on Board Iâ€™m being safe.”
At first Partington pleaded not guilty but following the disclosure of the evidence he changed his plea to guilty and was jailed for 7 years 4 months for supplying drugs at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday 30 September.
Detective Constable Mark Hackett, from the forceâ€™s Priorities Team, said: “Partington was so sure of himself he sent a text saying he was on his way home after hiding the drugs inside the boot of his car. He wasnâ€™t expecting to be stopped by motorway officers just before midnight on Thursday 15 May.
“What he didnâ€™t realise was that by sending the message he had implicated himself which made it very difficult for him to claim he was innocent.
“We are pleased with the sentencing; West Midlands Police takes drug criminality very seriously and will do everything within its power to stop the supply and dealing of drugs.
“This is a significant find which has prevented millions of pounds worth of drugs finding their way onto the streets.”