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Man caught with £100,000 of cocaine on A11 at Red Lodge jailed

A man who was caught with £100,000 worth of cocaine at Red Lodge has been jailed for three years.

Forty-four-year-old Paul Redhead was stopped by police on March 28 while travelling on the A11 at Red Lodge.

Inside the glove box of the car, being transported from Liverpool to Suffolk, was a package containing a kilogram of cocaine.

Paul Redhead, 44, of Monk Soham (26149980)
Paul Redhead, 44, of Monk Soham (26149980)

Detectives estimated the Class A drug package was worth about £100,000.

Redhead, of Oakfields in Monk Soham, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs when he appeared before Suffolk Magistrates' Court in December.

On Thursday he was jailed for three years at Ipswich Crown Court.

Speaking after the case ended, Det Sgt Mark Stratford from the serious organised crime directorate, said his arrest showed his jail term showed 'the county's road network is not a safe place for criminals'.

"Redhead sought to earn, what he saw as an easy, additional income by involving himself in the transportation of a significant quantity of cocaine in to the Suffolk area," he said.

"Drug couriers play an essential role in facilitating the wider network of illegal drug distribution. The sentence handed down today demonstrates that anyone involved in the supply of drugs will not be treated lightly by the courts and we will continue to work to ensure that Suffolk is a hostile place for this type of criminality.”