M6 drug dealer gets five years in prison

Paul Oakes is starting a five-year prison sentence.
Paul Oakes is starting a five-year prison sentence.

A man busted on the M6 near Lancaster with £120,000 worth of ready-to-sell Class A drugs has been jailed for five years.

Police sniffer dogs detected nearly £32,000 of crack cocaine and more than £88,000 of heroin in drug dealer Paul Oakes’ car.

The illegal substances had been packed into plastic wraps and hidden in the spare tyre in the car’s boot.

Oakes, 44, of Apollo Crescent, Liverpool, was travelling northbound on the M6 when he was stopped by a police motorway patrol at Forton Services on November 15.

He was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Monday after last month pleading guilty to one count of possession of cocaine with intent to supply and one count of possession of heroin with intent to supply.

Oakes was given five years in prison for each offence, to be served concurrently.

Speaking after sentencing, DC Tristan Hardwick, of Lancaster CID, said: “The seizure of these drugs will have a large impact for the area they were intended.

“Lancashire Constabulary will continue to actively police our motorway networks to ensure criminals are not using them as part of their illegal activities.”