Drug Dealer Paul Oakes Jailed

A DRUG DEALER from Merseyside found transporting large quantities of two Class A drugs through Lancashire has been imprisoned for a total of five years.

Paul Oakes, 44, of Apollo Crescent, Liverpool, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court today having previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine with intent to supply and one count of possession of heroin with intent to supply last month. Oakes was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for each offence, to be served concurrently.

Both offences were discovered on Friday 15 November last year when Oakes was stopped by a motorway patrol at the M6 Northbound Lancaster Forton Service Station. When officers, with the assistance of drugs dogs, searched Oakes’ vehicles, they discovered a large quantity of crack cocaine, valued at nearly £32,000, and a large quantity of heroin, valued at over £88,000, both of which were already packaged in plastic wraps, concealed in the spare tyre within the vehicle’s boot.

DC Tristan Hardwick of Lancaster CID said; “The seizure of these drugs will have a large impact for the area they were intended.

“Lancashire Constabulary will continue to actively police our motorway networks to ensure criminals are not using them as part of their illegal activities.”

Anyone with information or concerns about drug-dealing can contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.