A drug dealer dad was caught with £185,000 worth of cocaine in a picnic bag when he was snared on a family day out with his three-year-old daughter.
Carl Brookes, 31, was arrested as he came out of Five Ways railway station in Birmingham, on April 14 with the tot.
Officers found a kilogram of the compressed 93 per cent pure Class A drug contained in the bag he was carrying, the Birmingham Mail .
A further search of his home in Aqueduct Lane, Alvechurch, uncovered an industrial press, which, when forensically tested, showed traces of cocaine.
An industrial press was used to compress the cocaine
He was jailed for eight years and seven months at Birmingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.
DC Phil Caldwell, from the West Midlands Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “Brookes clearly used his daughter as a smoke screen to deflect attention from his criminal activity. “It’s abhorrent that he should use a young child in such a way and I am pleased that he will be spending time behind bars to reflect on his actions.
“We will not tolerate drug dealing and the associated criminality and anti-social behaviour it brings to our communities.”
A brick of cocaine worth £185,000 was found in a picnic bag
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