A driver caught with cocaine worth around £800,000 has been jailed for six years.
Police stopped a Ford Fiesta on the A127 near Brentwood on November 22 last year.
Seven blocks of cocaine, each weighing a kilo, were found inside a holdall and a carrier bag in the boot. The street value was estimated to be between £800,000 and £840,000.
The driver, Alexander Warren, was arrested and refused to respond to most questions put to him during interview. He said he was asked to collect the bags but did not know what was in them.
He pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply when he appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on November 23.
Warren, 42 and of Highams Park in London, was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court today (Monday February 26).
An Essex Police spokesman said after the hearing: “The street value of the drugs seized was potentially in the region of £840,000 and would have presented significant harm to our communities.
“Time and again we see the misery that drugs cause and will continue to work to bring those involved in their supply to justice.”