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Marcus Blackwood

Man jailed for four years after £30,000 worth of cocaine seized by City of London Police

A man from Beckenham, South London has been jailed after he was stopped in his car by City of London Police officers and found with several wraps of cocaine.

Marcus Blackwood, 36 (09/12/1979) of Albermarle Road, Beckenham has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to four years’ imprisonment today (31 May) after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs (cocaine).

On Thursday 11 February at approximately 21:15hrs, plain clothes officers stopped Blackwood in his silver Mercedes on Long Lane.

Blackwood was asked to step out of his vehicle but as he was about to be searched he ran off, knocking an officer to the ground.

As he made off, CCTV operatives captured Blackwood on camera throwing an item into an underground car park on West Smithfield.

Following a foot pursuit, officers detained Blackwood and recovered the item, which was a bag containing 10 wraps of cocaine.

Blackwood was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply of class A drugs and when they searched him officers found five more wraps of cocaine hidden in his underpants.

A search was then carried out at his home address and a police drugs recovery dog found a shoe box in a wardrobe containing a set of scales, 12 wraps of cocaine, cutting agents, MDEC (Ethylone) and other drug paraphernalia.

In total, the drugs and cutting agents were estimated to be worth in excess of £30,000.

Detective Inspector Rob Stirling from the City of London Police said, “Due to the weight of evidence and the tenacity of Detective Constable Thomas Hayball, who gave chase and detained him, Blackwood had no choice but to plead guilty to supplying drugs.

“The City of London attracts many people to its thriving night time economy, which we welcome. We want people to come here to have a good time but at the same time we want them to remain safe.

“We have a zero tolerance to drugs being used or sold here and will continue to be proactive in our approach to stop this from happening.”



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