A DRUG dealer hid wraps of heroin and crack cocaine in a sock tucked into his waistband.

Bolton Crown Court heard how Abdul Hassan's Nissan Qashqai was stopped by police in Chorley New Road, Bolton, just after midnight on August 11, 2018.

Brian Berlyne, prosecuting, said that in the vehicle an extendable baton was found along with the 34 wraps of drugs, with a street value of more than £1,200 as well as £1,057 cash. The heroin had a purity of up to 85 percent.

"In interview Mr Hassan admitted the drugs were his. He denied intending to supply them and said the cash belonged to his mother," said Brian Berlyne, prosecuting.

Hassan, aged 28, of Beaconsfield Street, Deane, subsequently pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply.

John Marsh, defending, stressed that Hassan is of previous good character and there has been delays in bringing the case to court.

He added that Hassan had been dealing to friends and contacts to support his own drug habit after he started using cocaine because he found it difficult to hide his drinking from his mother.

"This is a fall from grace which is quick and spectacular," he said.

"He is well educated, well spoken and has a charismatic, pleasant, outgoing personality who is extremely ashamed of what he has done."

The Honorary Recorder of Bolton, Judge Martin Walsh, jailed Hassan for two years.

He told him: "Anybody who involves themselves in the supply of Class A drugs causes significant damage to the public interest.

"These courts regularly see individuals whose lives are blighted by addiction to drugs and communities have to live with the devastating consequences of the crime that is committed by those who resort to crime to feed their addiction."