Man who led police to £100,000 stash, convicted at Manchester Crown Court

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A drug dealer was jailed for eight years for drug offences and money laundering at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday, October 13.

Gavin Kelly
Gavin Kelly, jailed for eight years Source: Greater Manchester Police Website

Gavin Kelly, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply and money laundering.

The 36 year-old of Rochdale Road, Blakely, lead police officers to discover a drug stash in his apartment worth £100,000 in total, on 24th August 2016.

A warrant was issued to search Mr Kelly’s flat, Greater Manchester Police state that when asked if there is anything the police should be made aware of, he said: “Yes, obviously, upstairs in the flat… the coke.”

Police Officers were directed by Mr Kelly to a cupboard in the kitchen where he pointed at a big plastic box, containing approximately one kilogram of cocaine, GMP say the cocaine found has a wholesale value of £35,000 to £50,000 and a street value of more than £100,000.

He then pointed at a shopping bag in the corner which contained £70,000 to be exact.

Greater Manchester Police recovered further amounts of cocaine after thoroughly searching the flat, uncovering cocaine with an approximate street value of £3,000, electronic scales, and a money counter, as well as numerous mobile phones.

Goods recovered by police at Kelly's apartment
Goods recovered by police at Kelly’s apartment Source: Greater Manchester Police website

An Audi A6 TDi worth approximately £20,000, parked outside of Mr Kelly’s apartment, was then seized by the police, as well as several high value watches with a total value of £29,000.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Buckthorpe of GMP’s Challenger Organised Crime Unit, said: “Kelly is an audacious individual who benefited from drugs, which cause so much destruction to people’s lives.

“Today, he has been sentenced to eight years and is safely behind bars, unable to cause any further damage to society and unable to continue the luxurious lifestyle he had become accustomed to.

“I’d like to thank all the officers involved in this case for their hard work and dedication to bring down people who think they are above the law.”

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