From West Midlands Police:

A PROLIFIC drug dealer has been sentenced to four years in prison at Birmingham Crown Court today (Friday 5 April 2013).

Courtney Moore, of Unity Place in Selly Oak, was found guilty of possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine following a three day trial.

The 20-year-old was arrested on 8 April 2012 after police were called to a report of a firearms incident in Northfield. A silver Renault Laguna seen leaving the area was traced to Moore as the registered keeper.

Officers went to his address and a subsequent search revealed a large quantity of cash in his car. A further search of his home uncovered more cash and over 250 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine, with a street value of over £3,000, in a converted roof space in his bedroom.

Moore was initially arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm, although no weapon was found, although officers did find a balaclava and a police issue stab vest, with all identifying badges and tags removed.

Investigating officer DC Rob Gough, from Force CID said: “It is always good to seize and remove illegal drugs from society. We have also recovered a substantial amount of money that has been made through criminal activity.

“We are satisfied with the length of the sentence today which sends a clear statement to those who seek to profit through ill-gotten gains. The removal of the drugs and the people selling those drugs can only have a positive impact on the local residents.”

The cash has been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). The judge today ordered a forefiture notice for the £4,467 in cash which will now be ploughed back into local initiatives which benefit the local community.

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