A Sheffield man who sparked a three-hour armed siege has been jailed – after more than £8,000 of cocaine was unearthed in his front garden.
Nicholas McGhee has been jailed for eight years for drug offences and money laundering.
Armed officers surrounded the 26-year-old’s home on High Street Lane, Park Hill, Sheffield, on August 12 during the three-hour stand-off.
The siege came to an end when McGhee strolled out of his home wearing sunglasses and eating a bag of crisps.
He was found to have £720 of cocaine on him while in police custody.
Police then carried out a extensive search of his property – discovering £8,700 worth of high purity cocaine hidden in his front garden.
They also found a huge carrier bag stuffed with £27,255 in cash stashed in his loft.
McGhee was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and money laundering.
He was jailed for six years for the drug offences and two for money laundering.
The armed siege drama in August unfolded when officers went to the property near Park Square roundabout close to Sheffield city centre at around 9.10am to arrest McGhee.
When he refused to come out, armed police with semi-automatic rifles surrounded the property.
A police negotiator, armed police, officers from the mounted section and force crime unit officers were all at the scene.
Three neighbours – one woman visibly distressed – were evacuated from their home by police around 10.15am.
Officers cordoned off the main part of High Street Lane and Crown Place backing on to the property as the police helicopter flew overhead.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “I hope that McGhee’s sentence sends out a strong message to those who choose to be involved with drugs that we will continue to bring offenders to justice through the work we do.
“McGhee’s sentence is another successful result in our continued and relentless efforts to eliminate drug related crime in Sheffield.”