Man jailed for intent to supply cocaine told police drug money was for ‘holiday’

Drugs were discovered following a search last year.

A man who told police his seized drug money was for a ‘holiday’ has been jailed for four years for intending to supply cocaine.

Luke Taylor, of Hazel Road in Bognor, was driving along Sherwood Road in the town last year when he was stopped by police, who searched him and his van.

Officers then discovered a lunch box containing a quantity of drugs, associated paraphernalia and nearly £300 in cash.

The 31-year-old window cleaner’s address was then searched, where officers found containers of white powder, which tested positive for cocaine.

Taylor was arrested and explained to officers the money was for an upcoming holiday, but later changed his story and said the money was for a night out at the pub.

He was later charged with intent to supply a class A drug (cocaine) and pleaded guilty, before being sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday, May 3.

DC Jon Woolley of the Community Investigation Team said:

“Taylor was someone we had been interested in for a while.

“He tried to cover up his lifestyle by making up lies in his police interview. 

“However, we were able to prove these to be false and this included the analysis of incriminating messages on Taylor’s phone.

“We welcome the sentence Taylor has been given and hope this sends out a stark message that we will continue to disrupt this behaviour.”