A drug dealer who stashed cocaine in his underwear in an attempt to avoid detection has been jailed.
Wayne Elphick (born 12/07/1971) of Bellscroft Avenue, Manchester, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply at a hearing at Manchester Crown Court.
Today, Tuesday 3rd March 2015, he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.
On Saturday 4 October 2014, Elphick was driving a red Seat Leon down Oldham Road, Newton Heath, when he was stopped by North Manchester Organised Crime Unit.
When they searched the vehicle, Elphick was found in possession of Â£272, two mobile phones and Â£550 of cocaine hidden in his underwear.
However when he was arrested on suspicion of dealing, he denied the allegation and claimed that the cocaine was for personal use.
Elphick was bailed pending further enquiries, but weeks later Operation Challenger Cairo officers raided his address on Bellscroft Avenue and found Â£900 of cocaine, scales, a drug debtors list and Â£290 in cash.
He was arrested on 27th November 2014 at his girlfriend’s house, where police also discovered Â£150 of cocaine.
His mother’s car, the Seat Leon, had been purchased via a Mobility grant and was only supposed to be used to help his elderly mother get around.
But analysis of Elphick’s mobile phones revealed that he had been using this same car to deal cocaine around Manchester.
Detective Sergeant Andrew Buckthorpe said: “This conviction shows that GMP will absolutely not tolerate drug dealing in our communities.
“Elphick used a car purchased with a government grant to deal cocaine around the Greater Manchester area, thumbing his nose at both the law and the good faith in which that car was provided to help his ailing mother.
“This case falls part of Operation Challenger Cairo, which is a proactive investigation aimed at tackling organised crime groups, specifically those involved in the sale and supply of drugs.
“Drugs can have a devastating impact on people’s lives, not just the users but their families. I would ask anyone who has information into where drugs are being dealt or produced, to contact police.”
If you have been effected by drug dealing in your community, or have any information, then please call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.