Portsmouth drug dealer hid £1,700 of cocaine in his freezer

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POLICE found a stash of drugs hidden in a man’s freezer.

Frank Yanke denied the cocaine, worth £1,700, was his after police raided his home in Fratton Road, Fratton.

But he was found guilty of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

He was also convicted of possessing the class B drug cannabis.

Prosecutor Russell Pyne said police first raided the 30-year-old’s home in November 2010.

On that occasion they found 0.1 ounces (three grams) of cannabis in a kitchen drawer.

They also found what was thought to be a ‘deals list’ – a list of people who owed Yanke money for drugs.

Yanke’s home was searched again in January 2011 after police pulled him over for speeding and found £1,600 on him. This time they found the bag of cocaine in the freezer.

Yanke insisted the money was a loan and the drugs had been stored by a friend who he refused to name. But the jury rejected his claims.

He was remanded in custody to be sentenced in February.