A CROSBY man who was caught with £2,000 worth of cocaine has been jailed for three years.
Liverpool Crown Court heard on Monday that Scott Webster had amassed a £6,000 drugs debt and had been forced to sell drugs to pay it off.
When he was caught with the 56 wraps of cocaine in his car on September 17 this year he had only been on licence for six months from a six-year jail sentence imposed on the Isle of Man for a £65,000 drug trafficking offence.
Robert Jansen, prosecuting, said he was stopped by police in his car on unrelated matters in College Road, Crosby, and became fidgety when being spoken to.
The officers decided to search his car and they noticed the surround of the handbrake was loose.
Underneath this they found the bags of cocaine which had a total weight of 43 grammes.
Webster was also found to have two mobile phones and £600 cash on him, said Mr Jansen.
He explained he had had a £6,000 drug debt since 2008, which was the year he was arrested on the Isle of Man.
He was trying to pay off the debt and was not making any financial gain for himself.
23-year-old Webster, of College Road, Crosby, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Sentencing him the judge, Recorder John Barrett, said: “It is quite apparent the exercise was to distribute that drug on the streets of Merseyside.”
Julian Nutter, defending, said that Webster was an intelligent young man from a good family but he had been “mixing with the wrong people.”
He was put up to going to the Isle of Man to deliver drugs by people who regarded him “as easy meat”.
He was “not suited” to drug dealing and this was an unsophisticated offence which he wants to put behind him, said Mr Nutter.