Two jailed after £27K coke exchange in Devon car park

A Devon man has been jailed after police saw him conducting a high value drugs deal in a car park near Braunton. Paul Winder was watched by cops as he got out of his Vauxhall Astra and made an exchange with a man in a Jaguar who had driven from London.

Police moved in and arrested both men at the scene. Winder later said: "My heart sunk. I'm going to prison for a long time."

Winder, 41, had a one kilo block of cocaine, with a street value of £80,000, in waistband. When police searched the Jag they found £26,990 in cash and a secret compartment near the glove box with another kilo of cocaine inside.

Winder, of thistle Bridge Road, Chivenor, has been locked up for three years. The man driving the Jaguar, Maurizio Calanca, has been jailed for six years.

The offence happened on November 9 last year. Police followed Calanca as he pulled off the A361 and into the Chivenor Business Park where Winder was waiting in his Astra.

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Police watched as he approached the Jaguar and took part in an exchange. Both men were detained at the scene.

Winder had exchanged £26,990 for the kilo brick of coke in his waistband. The drugs had a purity of 83 per cent and the block was embossed with the date 2023.

Calanca, of Trinity Road, Wandsworth, had a significant role according to the sentencing guidelines. He admitted supplying cocaine and possession with intent to supply. He said he got involved so he could earn money to take his partner on holiday.

Winder had a lesser role. Mr Stephen Nunn, defending, said he agreed to make the exchange for money. "He isn't from that scene," said Mr Nunn and regrets getting involved.