Bank notes were 'flying around in drug dealer's car'

-Credit: (Image: Hull Live)
-Credit: (Image: Hull Live)


A cocaine dealer who narrowly avoided prison when he was caught red-handed with a large stash of £2,000 cash has been branded "a very silly boy" after he was later found with cannabis.

Bank notes flew around inside a car when fisherman Jed Brown struggled violently after police were tipped off by a member of the public about drug dealing that was going on in Bridlington. An axe and a baseball bat were found in the car and the total value of cocaine seized was up to £2,360 with a very high purity, Hull Crown Court heard.

Brown, 29, of Moorfield Road, Bridlington, admitted possessing cannabis, having no insurance and breaching a suspended prison sentence imposed on February 23, 2022 for possessing cocaine with intent to supply. The original hearing was told that police were in Prickett Road, Bridlington, on November 6, 2018 and were making inquiries about an unrelated matter when a member of the public pointed out two men parked in the street in a Ford Mondeo.

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A police officer removed the car's ignition key and found a large amount of cash and cocaine on Brown's lap. The police tried to detain Brown, the driver, but he resisted and pulled his arms away.

Bank notes were flying around inside the car. Brown was forcefully brought under control and he was eventually handcuffed. An axe and a baseball bat were both behind the driver's seat as well as a dealer's list.

Brown's home was searched and cocaine and self-seal bags were found. The total street value of the cocaine was between £1,870 and £2,360 and some of it was "pure cocaine" which had a purity of 87 or 88 per cent. The total amount of cash seized from Brown's lap in the car was about £2,000.

Brown had, at the earlier hearing in February 2022, been given a two-year suspended prison sentence, 100 hours' unpaid work and 15 days' rehabilitation. At the latest hearing, Natalie Dean, prosecuting, said that Brown was subject to that suspended sentence when, on February 11 this year, police saw him in the driver's seat of a BMW car in the car park of McDonald's in Bessingby Way, Bridlington, at 8.05am.

The engine was running and he told police: "Take my weed off me. It's only for personal use. I have a joint, one a day." Police found a jar and a bag of herbal cannabis in a wooden box on the rear passenger seat. It weighed 1g.

Brown was arrested and taken to Clough Road police station, Hull. He made no comment to all questions during police interview. He had convictions for 18 previous offences, with seven for drugs, including possessing cannabis with intent to supply in 2012, three for possessing cannabis, all in 2011, and another for possessing cocaine in 2020.

He had been given a 16-month detention and training order in November 2012, later altered on appeal, and he was locked up for 10 months in August 2015 for possessing mephedrone with intent to supply.

Amber Hobson, mitigating, said that Brown was entirely compliant with police and he pointed police officers to the cannabis box and allowed them to search his car, the box and its contents.

"He is a defendant who has been completely and utterly foolish and he acknowledges that," said Miss Hobson. "It was a matter of days before the conclusion of his suspended sentence.

"He is an occasional cannabis user. That is consistent with the amount that was found. He tells me that he now does not use cannabis at all.

"He was drug wiped at the scene and was found to be under the influence of cannabis when he was driving. He had left the family home after all the arguments.

"He took the immensely foolish decision to drive away and defuse the situation. He ought to have got himself a taxi and got himself a lift. He simply made a terrible decision. He is incredibly sorry."

Brown was a fisherman and he had two very young children.

He was again spared prison but he was told that the fact that, at the time of the cannabis offence, he was just 12 days away from the end of the suspended prison sentence made him "a very silly boy". Brown was fined £750.