Drugs dug up

POLICE discovered nearly £50,000 of drugs buried in the garden of a Fenland home, a court heard. The drugs, mainly heroin and cocaine, were found hidden in a garden and the footwell of a car by a police sniffer dog after a warrant was issued to search th

POLICE discovered nearly £50,000 of drugs buried in the garden of a Fenland home, a court heard.

The drugs, mainly heroin and cocaine, were found hidden in a garden and the footwell of a car by a police sniffer dog after a warrant was issued to search the property.

Norwich Crown Court was told that 489g of heroin, with a street value of nearly £50,000, was found at John McCabe's home in Chalk Road, Walpole St Peter.

A police dog found the heroin buried in the garden and a further 130g of heroin with the street value of £13,600 in a car and £2,000 worth of cocaine.


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McCabe, 27, appeared at Norwich Crown Court last Thursday for sentence after pleading guilty to possession of heroin with intent to supply and possession of cocaine with intent to supply. He had also admitted possessing a prohibited weapon, pepper spray.

He was sentenced to six-and-a-half-years in prison.

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Charles Kellett, prosecuting, told the court that during the police search officers also found two safes, one with £10,980 in cash in it and another with £8,375.

There were three cars at the property including a BMW and Honda car - where the 130g of heroin had been found in the passenger seat footwell.

The court was told McCabe had previous offences for dishonesty and violent disorder but not for drugs.

In mitigation, Ian James said McCabe had been a drug addict since his teens and had never done anything like this before and had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

Judge Daniel Worsley said: "Heroin and cocaine have a grave affect on those to whom it is pedalled and on members of the public who are victims of crimes caused by it.

"Those who chose to engage in supplying it at this level can only be described as being truly wicked.

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