Fleeing Lincoln drug dealer tried to hide 80 wraps of heroin
A commercial dealer who played a significant role in the distribution of class-A drugs around Lincoln has been jailed for six years.
Norman Foreshaw, 34, was caught after police stopped a taxi in which he was a passenger on Yarborough Road, Lincoln.
Lincoln Crown Court heard Foreshaw dropped nine packages containing heroin and crack cocaine after he fled from the vehicle in an attempt to escape.
Foreshaw was arrested and later admitted possessing the packages which contained 80 wraps of heroin with a street value of £800 and seven wraps of crack cocaine valued at £150.
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Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said: "Foreshaw was a commercial dealer of heroin and cocaine who employed other people selling his drugs on the street. One of these people was identified by the name Johnny Bubbles.
"Foreshaw ran his own operation but could not be described as a drugs baron. He was one rung above a street dealer."
After being released on bail following his arrest in February last year, Foreshaw was again caught with heroin and cocaine seven months later when police stopped him at a Lincoln petrol station.
Mr Scott said an officer noticed Foreshaw dropping something into shelves containing crisps. When the area was searched the officer found 40 wraps of heroin with a street value of £400 and £200 worth of cocaine.
A second Lincoln man – James Matthew Hopkins, 38, was jailed for three years alongside Foreshaw after he admitted possessing 80 wraps of heroin and several wraps of cocaine found when police searched the address where they were both living in Church Lane, Lincoln.
The court heard officers discovered a job seeker's book in Foreshaw's name and £1,100 in cash hidden in a wash bag at the property.
Hopkins was present during the raid on February 11 last year and later admitted supplying drugs on the behalf of "somebody else."
Hopkins accepted he was paid in drugs to feed his own habit and had been involved for around two weeks, answering the telephone.
Stuart Lody, mitigating, told the court Foreshaw had tried to start a new life in Lincoln after being released from a three-year prison sentence passed for drugs offences at Leeds Crown Court.
The court was told Hopkins left school with nine GCSEs and was employed with the Highways Agency until 2010 when he was introduced to drugs by a friend.
Foreshaw, of no fixed address, admitted possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply on February 11 and September 8 last year.
Hopkins, now of Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply and simple possession of cocaine on February 11, 2011.
Passing sentence, Recorder Richard Swain told Foreshaw: "It is abundantly clear from the evidence that you played a significant role in the distribution of class-A drugs around Lincoln."