Lincoln Freshers’ Week cocaine dealer jailed

A drug dealer was caught by police selling cocaine near the University of Lincoln during Freshers’ Week.

Christopher Inkley was stopped by police as he drove along Brayford Wharf North in September last year and cocaine was found when his vehicle was searched.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court: “Officers were on duty in Brayford Wharf North when their attention was drawn to a vehicle that drove down that area. It was Freshers’ Week at the university.

“They decided to conduct a search because one of the officers smelled cannabis. A total of 17 wraps containing 6.39 gs of cocaine were found inside the defendant’s right trouser leg and a further four wraps containing 1.56 gs were found inside his left leg.”

Officers found empty dealer bags in the centre console of the car and later when Inkley’s home was searched police found more drugs inside a box of eye drops together with a couple of ecstasy tablets.

Mr Howes said: “£3,735 cash was found in his bedroom. That was a healthy return from his drug dealing activities.”

Police analysed two mobile phones belonging to Inkley and found messages relating to drug dealing.

Inkley 26, of Linnet Close, Lincoln, admitted charges of supplying cocaine and possession of ecstasy. He was jailed for 27 months.

Sunil Khanna, in mitigation, said that Inkley became involved in drug dealing following the death of his father which left him at a low ebb.

Mr Khanna said “This involved dealing for just two months. He has never been in trouble before.

“This is a young man who has learned his lesson.”