Two men jailed for involvement in drug dealing
8:43am Monday 30th September 2013 in NW
TWO Leigh men involved in dealing amphetamine and cannabis have both been jailed.
A court heard that some of their drugs cache was found hidden in a car's airbag.
Ken Grant, prosecuting, said that police stopped a Fiat Punto driven by Keith Boardman in Kirkhall Lane in Leigh, on April 3 last year and searched him and the vehicle.
A space was noticed in the passenger air bag and when it was searched officers found a black sock containing a plastic bag in which there was amphetamine paste in a wrap and a tub containing five further ounces of the drug.
Boardman was arrested and police then raided a house in Clark Street in the town, the home of William Unsworth. They found a small wrap of amphetamine, a large bag of glucose powder used as a mixing agent, a plastic bag containing an ounce of amphetamine and scales.
In a recess under the floor in a cupboard under the stairs officers discovered a metal safe. The key for this was found on Boardman when he was arrested, said Mr Grant.
This contained 13 bars of cannabis and bags containing 35 oz of amphetamine paste. The drugs found in the house had a street value of about £19,000 and the drugs in the car were worth £1,680.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Unsworth has no convictions for drugs offences but Boardman has convictions for a drugs plot involving Class A drugs and supplying cannabis.
Jailing 54-year-old Boardman for two and a half years Judge Mark Brown said that he had played the principal role and they had been his drugs which he intended to supply commercially.
He told Unsworth that he accepted his was the lesser role in allowing his home to be used to store and prepare drugs for sale. He jailed him for 12 months on Friday.
Boardman, of Leigh Road, Hindley Green, and Unsworth, 59, had both pleaded guilty to possessing amphetamine and cannabis with intent to supply.
The court heard in mitigation that both men had admitted their responsibility and have spent some time in custody on remand. They have also had the matter hanging over them for a long time as proceedings had been dropped and then re-started.
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