DRIVING a BMW without insurance landed a Doncaster man in much bigger trouble after police uncovered a cocaine selling operation involving him and his neighbour, a court heard.
Lee David Westerman was so nervous and agitated when police pulled his car over for being uninsured that officers were suspicious and searched it.
They found cocaine in the vehicle - and a search of his flat in Goodison Walk, Cantley, found more of the drug in a safe in his bedroom along with scales showing traces of the substance.
More police inquiries led officers to search an adjacent flat occupied by Nathan Liam Morris, where a further quantity of cocaine was discovered.
Morris, aged 32, and Westerman, 23, both pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply when they appeared at Doncaster Crown Court.
Morris admitted a further charge of producing cannabis at his girlfriend’s house in Wheatley. Westerman admitted possessing criminal property - the £298 he had on him when searched.
Westerman, who had the largest quantity of cocaine, received four-and-a-half years in prison, while Morris was jailed for four years.
Prosecutor Neil Coxon said Westerman had 19g of cocaine in the car in one gram deals, and at his flat there were bags of the drugs in his bedroom safe.
Cocaine was found next door in Morris’ flat along with £10,000 in a rucksack, which he claimed was the sale proceeds of a van plus a loan from his girlfriend.
Cedric Hennis, defending Morris, said he had a long-standing drug habit totalling £500 worth of cocaine a week.
He initially financed it by working as a carpet fitter but it escalated to such an extent he could no longer pay for it from his earnings so began supplying to friends.
Andrew Fitzpatrick, defending Westerman, said he came from a hard-working and respectable family and was earning good money as a joiner but got involved in Doncaster’s party scene, which moved from drinking to using cocaine.
“He was partying heavily and what started as a dabble turned into a big habit.
“When the work dried up he continued his habit and he started selling to other friends. He was almost relieved when he was caught because he knew it couldn’t carry on. He knows he’s in at the deep end,” he said.