Sunderland man faces jail after £300,000 cocaine haul found in his car

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A SUNDERLAND man is facing years in prison after police found cocaine with an estimated street value of £300,000 on the back seat of his car.

Wayne Bruce initially denied knowing the package – which was almost 2kg – was there, Durham Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Ros Scott Bell told the court: “There was 1,993g of cocaine in the package at a purity of 73 per cent, which is about three times standard purity.”

Bruce, 32, of Cedarwood Grove, Tunstall, admitted possessing a class A drug with intent to supply it on September 13.

Paul Currer, defending,

applied for a pre-sentence report.

“This is his first conviction for drugs,” said Mr Currer. “Although he does have other matters.

“Mr Bruce appreciates the report can only assist as to the length of the inevitable custodial sentence.”

Judge Christopher Prince said sentencing guidelines suggested a starting point for the offence of between eight and 11 years.

Judge Prince ordered the report and adjourned passing sentence until January 10.

Bruce was remanded in custody.