A DRUGS dealer who hid his stash in bushes has been jailed for 12 months.
Jamie Winn was spotted on CCTV acting suspiciously next to the bushes in Meadowfield, on the outskirts of Durham City, Durham Crown Court heard.
“Police recovered two carrier bags of white powder,” said Lynsey Colling, prosecuting. “The bags were found to contain 920g of amphetamine with a street value of £9,200.
“A few days later Winn was seen searching the bushes, apparently trying to retrieve the bags.
“He told police he was out walking his dogs and was looking for house keys he had lost earlier.
“His fingerprint was found on the inside of one of the bags.”
Winn, 31, of Central Avenue, Meadowfield, admitted possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply it in April of last year.
The court heard he has a previous conviction for the same offence in 2008, when he was jailed for 21 months.
Tim Gittins, defending, said: “Since the earlier offence Mr Winn has got a job and has settled down with his partner and child.
“He has also suffered summary justice when three masked men armed with hammers turned up at his door.”
The Recorder, Mr Johnathan Bennett, jailed Winn for 12 months.
“It is difficult to determine your exact role,” said the recorder. But this amount of amphetamine would have led to many deals on the street.”