A DRUG dealer who drove a BMW and sold tens of thousands of pounds worth of cocaine has been jailed for four and a half years.
Paul Huskinson was caught after police watched him go into a wooded area off Old Mill Lane in Hambledon and come out carrying a package.
They stopped his car after he drove off and searched the 26-year-old who had taped the package to his leg.
Inside it was just under an ounce of cocaine, worth £1,000.
A search of his home in Waterlooville uncovered a list of people who owed him thousands of pounds for drugs.
Analysis of his bank account showed that between October 2009 and June last year just under £5,000 of unexplained payments had gone into his account.
Huskinson, of Andrew Crescent, Waterlooville, pleaded guilty to possessing a class A drug with intent to supply and possessing criminal property, which was the money.
Sentencing him at Portsmouth Crown Court Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘You are a man who dealt in fairly significant quantities of cocaine. The evidence suggests you made profits into tens of thousands of pounds.
‘You traded in a fairly substantial way with your customers. I take the view that these offences are clearly so serious that only a custodial sentence may be justified for them.’
Huskinson, a plasterer, was arrested in August 2010.
The case has only just come up for sentence because two others thought to be involved were going to have a trial. But those charges were dropped by the prosecution.
Roderick James, defending, said Huskinson had started off using cocaine before selling it to friends who he wanted to impress.
‘He is somebody who has got rather an obliging nature, too obliging for his own good,’ he said. ‘This is a young man who knows very well he has done badly wrong. But he is somebody who has learnt his lesson. The risk of him reoffending is low.’
Mr James said Huskinson’s parents had been shocked by his crimes. ‘They are aghast at the situation that he finds himself in, too aghast to come to court to watch sentence being passed.’
Detective Constable Dave Bone, who investigated the case, said: ‘This should be a warning to others who think selling class A drugs is an easy route to fund their lifestyle.’