A man has been jailed for eight years for drug offences and money laundering.
Gavin Kelly, 36, of Blackley pleaded guilty to possession of Cocaine with intent to supply, and money laundering at an earlier hearing. Kelly was sentenced to eight years at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square on Thursday 13 October 2016.
It was on 24 August 2016, that officers carried out a search warrant at a building in Blackley, where Kelly lived in the apartment above.
As officers entered the ground floor of the building, Kelly came downstairs from the apartment and gave his details. He was then asked if there was anything in the building that officers should be made aware of, to which he replied: “Yes, obviously, upstairs in the flat…the coke”.
Officers escorted Kelly upstairs to the apartment where he pointed to a cupboard area in the kitchen, which contained a large plastic box with approximately one kilogram of cocaine with a wholesale value of £35,000 to £50,000 and a street value of more than £100,000.
He also pointed to a shopping bag and a holdall in the apartment, which contained approximately £70,000 in cash.
A full search of the whole building was carried out and officers recovered a number of items associated with drug supply including further amounts of cocaine, with an approximate street value of £3,000, electronic scales and money counter, and numerous mobile phones.
Officers also seized an Audi A6 TDi worth approximately £20,000, which was parked outside Kelly’s address, several high value watches with a total value of £29,000, one of which he was wearing at the time of the search.
Kelly will also be subject to a proceeds of crime act hearing.
Detective Sergeant Andrew Buckthorpe of GMP’s Challenger Organised Crime Unit, said: “Kelly is an audacious individual who benefitted from drugs, which cause so much destruction to people’s lives.
“He has been sentenced to eight years and is safely behind bars, unable to cause any further damage to society and unable to continue the luxurious lifestyle he had become accustomed to.
“I’d like to thank all the officers involved in this case for their hard work and dedication to bring down people who think they are above the law”.