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Drug dealer from Bingham spared jail at Nottingham Crown Court after being found with cocaine in his boxer shorts

A drug dealer who hid cocaine in his boxer shorts was spared jail.

Joe Hornigold was stopped in his vehicle by neighbourhood policing officers on May 3, 2018, who used an automatic number plate recognition camera to track him down.

During a search on his car, officers immediately smelt cannabis and a number of drugs were discovered. This included loose cannabis and MDMA pills, which he denied were his, and several mobile phones.

Nottingham Crown Court. (26175368)
Nottingham Crown Court. (26175368)

23-year-old Hornigold was then arrested for possession with intent to supply the drugs.

While being strip-searched in custody, two small bags of cocaine were found hidden in his boxer shorts, valued at around £600. The drugs were forfeited and his drug paraphernalia was destroyed.

He was charged with the possession of cannabis with intent to supply, one count of the possession of cocaine and one count of MDMA possession.

Joe Hornigold, of Windsor Court, Bingham, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday, March 17.

He was handed a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Speaking after Hornigold's sentencing, Police Sergeant Kulvinder Dosanjh, said: “Drug crime can have a devastating impact on people’s lives and Nottinghamshire Police will continue to locate and prosecute those who seek to deal drugs, and ensure they are brought to justice.

"Local policing teams have access to ANPR technology and we will continue to be as proactive as possible to safeguard local communities from the impact of drugs."

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