Drug dealer who attempted to evade police with motorbike chase through Sheffield woodland is jailed

A drug dealer whose attempt to evade the law led to a police chase through Sheffield woodlands has been jailed for over four years.
A drug dealer whose attempt to evade the law led to a police chase through Sheffield woodlands has been jailed for over four years.
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A drug dealer whose attempt to evade the law led to a police chase through Sheffield woodlands has been jailed for over four years.

Sheffield Crown Court was told how Marcus Allen, aged 27, was brought to the attention of patrolling police officers after they saw him 'riding pillion' on a motorbike travelling down Norwood Road, Pitsmoor.

Police requested that Allen, of HMP Marshgate, Doncaster, and the person driving the motorcycle pulled over, however the vehicle was driven into a wooded area nearby instead leading to a brief pursuit from officers.

During Wednesday's sentencing, prosecutor Carl Fitch told the court: "The police traced the defendant on the back of a motorcycle who was seen afterwards throwing a bag from his shoulder into some nettles.

"The bag was later recovered and the defendant was arrested."

On searching the bag, police discovered a package containing 13.1 grams of crack cocaine, with an estimated value of £1,400. A package containing 13.1 grams of cocaine worth £600 was also discovered, as was a 24.8 grams of cannabis - with a street value of £180.

Also within the bag was £1,000 in cash, as well as a mobile phone containing text messages Mr Fitch said were 'consistent' with Allen using the phone to sell drugs.

Allen was also found to be carrying 12 wraps of crack cocaine on him, worth an estimated £120.

Following this incident on July 15, 2014 Allen was convicted of separate drug offences on July 29, 2015, for which he received a custodial sentence of 18 months that he served half of.

On October 10 last year, police executed a warrant at his property in James Street, Barnsley when officers found a bag underneath the mattress of his bag containing a package of crack cocaine with an estimated value of up to £4,500. Once again a mobile phone was also found in the bag containing the drugs, with text messages suggesting the phone had been used for drug dealing.

Sentencing Allen to four years and eight months in prison, Recorder John Thackray told Allen: "It's clear you have been heavily immersed in the supply of drugs, and short custodial sentences have failed to deter you."

Defending Allen, Daniel Foster told the court that Allen had an 18-month-old daughter that his partner will refuse to bring to prison, adding to his custodial punishment.