A drug dealer stopped by Taskforce police on the motorway with 16kg of cocaine worth in excess of £4.9million has been sent to prison for six years.
Voicu Razvan Florea, aged 31, of Risingholme Road in Harrow, London, was arrested on Tuesday 26 April 2016 after he was routinely stopped by traffic officers while travelling along the M6 near Crewe.
Following a subsequent search of his vehicle, a grey Nissan Micra, 16 blocks of cocaine were found in a suitcase in the boot.
Florea, was charged with possession with intent to supply a class A drug and pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court on Friday 22 July 2016, where he was given a six year custodial sentence.
Constable, Scott Bowater, of Cheshire’s Taskforce Proactive Officers Team, said: “Thanks to the work of traffic officers conducting a routine stop, and the subsequent work carried out by Taskforce officers, it has resulted in a significant amount of drugs being removed from our streets.
“By proactively policing our roads and motorway networks it prevents organised criminal’s from having the access to transport these drugs around the country.
"We will continue to make every effort to remove these drugs from our streets to protect and improve the quality of life for our community.”
Anyone with any information on drug dealing in the area of Cheshire is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.