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Police seized drugs worth £60,000 in raid
1:20pm Friday 21st December 2012 in News
POLICE who raided a flat found drugs with a street value of £60,000, Worcester Crown Court heard.
The haul included 1.3 kilos of cocaine worth £52,000 which was stashed in a backpack in a bedroom.
Other quantities of cocaine were mixed with MDPV, a class B drug, and there was 97 grammes of Mcat, another class B drug, valued at £1,400.Jason Kerton, aged 41, of Abbey Road, Malvern, pleaded guilty to possession of all three drugs with intent to supply.
He claimed he was looking after the drugs for someone else, but the explanation was rejected by prosecutor Paul Whitfield who maintained Kerton was a dealer.
Judge Abbas Mithani QC ordered a hearing in the week beginning January 21 when Kerton is expected to give evidence.
A judge will then decide on what basis he will be sentenced.
The judge said the outcome of that hearing would make a huge difference to sentence. Kerton faces up to seven years in prison.
He was remanded in custody. Mr Whitfield said police executed a search warrant at Kerton’s flat on September 29 where they found Kerton and his girlfriend.
Besides the drugs found under a coffee table and in a bedroom, traces of cocaine were found on scales. Cash totalling £960 was discovered in a wallet.
A seized mobile phone was analysed and found to have a text message sent on September 25 requesting drugs. Kerton told police in an interview that he had found the drugs.
But Jason Patel, defending, said his instructions were that he was a custodian of the drugs and played a much lesser role than a dealer.