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Unusual find in lunch box results in a four year prison sentence

News   •   May 14, 2019 13:21 BST

Luke Taylor

A man who claimed his seized drug money was for his holiday has been jailed.

Luke Taylor, 31, was driving along Sherwood Road, Bognor Regis on June 28, 2018 when he was stopped by police officers.

Following a search of Taylor and the van, officers discovered a lunch box containing a quantity of drugs, associated paraphernalia and nearly £300 cash.

Taylor, a window cleaner of Hazel Road, Bognor Regis was arrested and explained to officers the money was for an upcoming holiday. During his police interview, Taylor changed his story and said the money was in fact for a night out at the pub.

During a search of the window cleaner’s address, officers discovered further containers of white powder, which tested positive for cocaine.

Taylor was charged with possession with intent to supply a class A drug (cocaine) and pleaded guilty.

He was sentenced by Judge Swift at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday, May 3 and handed a four year sentence.

Detective Constable Jon Woolley of the Community Investigation Team said: “Taylor was someone we had been interested in for a while.

“He tried to cover up his lifestyle by making up lies in his police interview. However we were able to prove these to be false and this included the analysis of incriminating messages on Taylor’s phone.

“We welcome the sentence Taylor has been given and hope this sends out a stark message that we will continue to disrupt this behaviour.

“We urge everyone to report drug issues to us without delay. You can report either online or by calling 101.”