Plymouth drug dealers caught with £50k stash face prison
TWO men who plotted together to deal drugs worth nearly £50,000 from a garage are facing long jail sentences.
Father-of six Wayne Sandercock and Simon Payne were part of a major ring supplying cocaine and amphetamine from a lock-up in Whitleigh, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Police found drugs, a stun gun and an extendable baton when they raided the garage rented by 38-year-old Sandercock in Taunton Avenue in May 2010.
They seized 836 grams of cocaine worth about £33,500 and 1.6 kilograms of amphetamine worth £16,000.
Sandercock, of Southway Drive, admitted conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs between December 2009 and May 2010.
He pleaded guilty at the start of a scheduled two-week trial, after a judge gave him an indication of a maximum sentence of nine years in jail if he changed his plea.
A jury formally returned guilty verdicts at the direction of judge Paul Darlow.
Payne, 38, of Fountains Crescent, Pennycross, had earlier pleaded guilty to the same joint charges. He is also facing a prison term when the pair are sentenced on Monday November 19.
Police greeted Sandercock's change of plea after the case.
Investigating officer Det Con Ken Ord said: "I am very pleased. This has brought to an end an investigation into a group of people involved in the substantial dealing of drugs in Plymouth. It is a good result.
"It is not very often you seize almost a kilogram of cocaine and nearly two kilograms of amphetamine."
Mary McCarthy, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told the court Sandercock had played a "leading role" in the operation.
She added: "Payne was a risk-taker, moving drugs from place to place."
A previous trial involving Sandercock in September last year, which was eventually abandoned, heard police had begun surveillance of Payne in December 2009.
Officers watched Payne making several visits to a garage which was rented by Sandercock.
Police raided the garage and the pair's homes on May 26 2010.
They found the drugs in a locked yellow metal toolbox bolted to the floor of the lock-up, the jury heard.
Officers also seized a set of scales, knives, packaging, rubber gloves, a stun gun, and a police extendable baton.
Payne's fingerprints were on some of the plastic wrapping, while Sandercock's left thumbprint was on a strip of wire ties on the floor near the toolbox.
Officers found Sandercock's home contained seven mobile phones and £2,000 cash in a tin in the kitchen, though he was unemployed at the time, the original trial was told.
Police are to launch legal action to seize that money and any other assets as the proceeds of crime.
DC Ord, speaking after the case, added police believed the drugs were being mixed with a cutting agent in the garage.
He said the drugs were not yet divided into smaller street deals.
Sandercock and Payne have been released on bail until they are sentenced. Sandercock must report daily to a police station.
Judge Darlow, addressing Sandercock's barrister, Nick Lewin, said: "I grant your client bail but he must understand there is one outcome and one outcome only."