A 31-year-old Kettering drug dealer has been sent to prison for more than two years after he pleaded guilty to Class A offences.
On the morning of August 24, Besmir Negji, previously of Kettering, ran from his silver Renault Laguna in Buccleuch Street after officers had tried to stop him.
However he didn’t get very far – being chased and detained a short time later and searched under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Officers also decided to search his vehicle with the help of PD Socks – a specialist search dog, who discovered 15 bags of Class A drugs that had been concealed inside a sock in a compartment underneath the steering wheel.
Negji was charged with one count of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and one count of driving without insurance.
At Northampton Crown Court in August, he pleaded guilty to both offences, returning to the same court at the beginning of this month where he was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.
Lead Investigator – PC Robert Booth said: “This case demonstrates the effort offenders like Besmir Negji make to avoid being caught and having their drugs located.
“However it also demonstrates how determined us officers are in using every tool in our arsenal, including the use of specialist police dogs, to get one step ahead and bring drug dealers to justice.
“The success of this case is also down to the members of the public who brought this vehicle to our attention and I hope it goes to show that we are listening to our communities and doing whatever we can to make their areas a safer place to live.
"Tackling drug harm remains a priority for Northamptonshire Police so please get in touch with us if you have any information or intelligence regarding drug dealing in your local area.”