Drug dealer jailed after trying to outrun police in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 11:01 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:20 04 May 2018

Don Cole has been sentenced to imprisonment for five years. Picture: Police.

Don Cole has been sentenced to imprisonment for five years. Picture: Police.

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A drug dealer who was caught with cocaine and heroin in Potters Bar has been jailed for five years.

The drugs Don Cole was caught with in Potters Bar. Picture: Police.The drugs Don Cole was caught with in Potters Bar. Picture: Police.

A 29-year-old man was sentenced to over five years’ imprisonment at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, April 27, for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs in Potters Bar.

Don Cole was sentenced to five years imprisonment for possession with intent to supply heroin and five years for possession with intent to supply cocaine, to run concurrently.

He was given a further two months for failing to surrender to custody.

Detective Constable Chris Payne from the Hertsmere Local Crime Unit said: “Officers on routine patrol stopped a man acting suspiciously in Ashwood Road on October 20, 2016.

The drugs Don Cole was caught with in Potters Bar. Picture: Police.The drugs Don Cole was caught with in Potters Bar. Picture: Police.

“He was searched for drugs and £1,800 in cash and a number of mobile phones were found.

“Officers suspected that Cole had drugs on him and he was further detained.

“He ran off but was detained after a brief foot chase during which time he tried to discard a package, found to contain a substantial quantity of heroin and cocaine, worth at least £1,600.”

The drugs and phones were ordered to be destroyed and the money forfeited by the court.

The drugs Don Cole was caught with in Potters Bar. Picture: Police.The drugs Don Cole was caught with in Potters Bar. Picture: Police.

He was charged and remanded into custody and appeared at Hatfield Magistrates Court the following day.

Cole, of Cowdray Way in Hornchurch, Essex,was released on bail but subsequently failed to appear at St Albans Crown Court for trial.

He was arrested on November 4, 2017, trying to enter the UK through Glasgow Airport.

DC Payne said: “When sentencing, the judge commented that he was convicted on clear evidence.

“Class A drugs can have a terrible effect on users and their families and we are committed to keeping Potters Bar safe from drug dealing and associated criminality.

“I am delighted that a drug offender is behind bars and a large amount of Class A drugs has been prevented from reaching the streets.

“Anyone choosing to deal drugs in Potters Bar should be looking over their shoulders as we are determined to stop you bringing such misery to communities.”

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