Police found drug stash after stopping car in Barnsley

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Police officers who stopped a motorist found a £5,000 stash of drugs in his car.

George McKenzie, aged 52, was stopped by officers on Cemetery Road, Barnsley, after he was seen ‘driving erratically,’ Sheffield Crown Court heard.

David Wain, prosecuting, said officers found Mcat, diazepam and cannabis, scales and a notebook showing he was owed £1,000 by users.

Former taxi firm boss McKenzie, of Calder Crescent, Kendray, was arrested and police discovered he was a street dealer.

He admitted possessing Mcat and diazepam with the intent to supply and possessing cannabis.

The Mcat was worth between £1,970 and £3,940, there were 3,500 diazepam tablets which are usually sold for £1 each and 26.8 grammes of cannabis worth £268, which McKenzie claimed was for his own use.

The court heard he had convictions for 28 previous offences, including supplying cannabis in January 2010.

Beverley Dawes, representing McKenzie, said he had ‘very limited means’ and he sold drugs to make money.

She said he suffered from injuries sustained when he was attacked in 1993 and had depression and breathing problems.

McKenzie used to run his own taxi business but has now been declared unfit to work and lives on disability benefits.

“He has been going through difficult times recently and over the years due to his medical condition and family circumstances,” said Ms Dawes.

She said he was due to attend an alcohol and drug detoxification programme and had lost his mother earlier this month.

“He was acting alone and was not part of a chain, it was not a sophisticated set-up by any means,” Ms Dawes added.

Recorder Nigel Sangster, sentencing him to a 12-month suspended prison sentence, supervision and a three-month curfew, said: “Supplying drugs of this sort of this value is a serious offence.”