#B31JustRead: Alvechurch drug dealer arrested on family day out 

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    A drug dealer who carried a brick of cocaine in a carrier bag on a day out with his young daughter in Birmingham has been jailed for more than eight years.

    Carl BrookesCarl Brookes was arrested as he came out of Five Ways railway station on the morning of Thursday 14 April with the three-year-old.

    A search of the drawstring bag revealed a kilogram of the compressed 93 per cent pure Class A drug, which had a street value of around £185,000.
    A further search of the 31-year-old’s home in Aqueduct Lane, Alvechurch, uncovered an industrial press, which, when forensically tested, showed traces of cocaine.
    At Birmingham Crown Court today (25 August) he was sentenced to eight years and seven months behind bars after pleading guilty to possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.
    Detective Constable Phil Caldwell, from the 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.”

    Anyone who suspects drug dealing in their area should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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