[A] Liverpool man who was transporting drugs into Barrow has been sentenced to more than 4 years in prison.
Kevin Gibney, 24, of Dane Street, was handed 4 years and 4 months in prison at Preston Crown Court for Possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.
He pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing.
Gibney was stopped by officers on January 12th 2016 on Iron Works Road, Barrow. He was found to have no driving licence or insurance, and after being searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act was found to have a drugs packet hidden within his clothing.
This was later found to contain cocaine and heroin with a street value of £900.
Further evidence gathered by Cumbria Police showed that Gibney had been in the Barrow area on previous occasions in the preceding weeks for only an hour or two at a time. It is thought that he was acting as a drugs courier for an organised crime group in the Liverpool area.
Upon sentencing on March 29th, the court also ordered that the drugs seized, £150 cash, and a Mercedes should be forfeited by Gibney. He was disqualified from driving for 12 months.
PC Matthew Noden said: “All too often people are persuaded to transport drugs from large cities into Cumbria. These can have a damaging and long-lasting effect on our communities and we continuously work to penetrate the supply of drugs onto our streets and to put the suppliers behind bars. The prison sentence handed down to Gibney shows that we will not tolerate drug suppliers in our county.”