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Man sentenced to prison after drug stash found hidden in a sock

04 Dec, 2018 09:29 News Behind Bars

A man is behind bars after a supermarket car park stop and search found a large quantity of Class A drugs hidden in a sock.

On Wednesday, 24 October, plain-clothed officers were patrolling in an unmarked car in Woking when they spotted a vehicle acting suspiciously. During a search, a sock containing 35 wraps of an unknown white powder was found stashed in a storage compartment next to the steering wheel.

Forensic testing later revealed that the white powder was cocaine, with an estimated street value of £850.

Caralampos Manekas, 38, of no fixed address, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, and was later charged and remanded in custody.

Appearing at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday, 29 November, Manekas pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years and three months behind bars.

Investigating officer, Sergeant James Cameron of Woking Specialist Neighbourhood Team, said:

“Our message is clear – the possession and sale of drugs in our county will not be tolerated.

“We hope that Manekas’ sentence deters others from carrying or dealing drugs and shows that drug offences are taken seriously in Surrey.”

If you have information about suspected drug dealing or crime in your area, please either contact Surrey Police via www.surrey.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you don’t want to speak to police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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