A dealer caught with several wraps of cocaine hidden on his body after police raided a suspected drugs den has been in court.

Scott Northmore was one of several people in the house on Vulcan Way, Thornaby, when he was searched by officers on March 18, 2021.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the 27-year-old was in the living room and said he was “noticeably trying to hide something”.

Peter Sabiston, prosecuting, said the defendant became agitated before being placed in the rear of a police van and the drugs were recovered from his body.

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“He was found to have secreted seven wraps of cocaine on his person,” he added.

“The search of the premises revealed a Huawei phone, Nokia phone, scales, a black phone, an iphone, 16 wraps of cocaine, multiple bags of brown powder and £345, along with seven bags of cocaine.”

The judge heard how the defendant was selling drugs to fund his own habit and that he was currently serving a 30-month sentence in custody.

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Northmore, whose address was given as Holme House Prison, Stockton, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply. He had been previously jailed for 48 months in 2021 for drug offences.

Jonathan Walker, mitigating, said the case dated back more than two years and his client had made significant improvements in his life while serving his current sentence.

Recorder Ayesha Smart sentenced the defendant to four months in custody to run alongside his current jail term.