A DRUG dealer has been jailed after CCTV cameras caught him selling cocaine in Leamington town centre.
Kevin Woodward of Emscote Road, Warwick, had pleaded not guilty to supplying cocaine and possessing the drug with intent to supply it, but was found guilty by a jury and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Prosecutor Ian Ball explained at around 1am on August 22 last year a town centre CCTV operator spotted something going on in Tavistock Street, near to the rear entrance to the Tesco store.
The police were informed, and two officers who were in the area made their way to the scene.
On being given further information about what had been captured by the CCTV camera, they told 38 year-old Woodward he was to be subjected to a drugs search.
While patting him down, one of the officers felt something secreted towards the top of his leg, so he was told he was being detained for a more detailed search to be carried out at the police station.
At the police station Woodward was taken to a room to be searched, and from his boxer shorts he handed over a Kinder egg which contained a plastic wrap and two paper wraps of cocaine.
Woodward claimed he had been bullied into buying drugs from two other men – which was rejected by the jury.
And Recorder Christopher Tickle told Woodward there had to be an immediate prison sentence for street dealing.