A drug dealer who tried to stash Kinder Eggs full of crack cocaine and heroin inside a police car before fleeing to Jamaica, has been jailed.
Tafari Grant, 45, a chef from South-West London, tried to offload the drug-filled Kinder capsules while watching officers search his car from the backseat of a squad car.
Grant absconded to Jamaica after being initially released under investigation but was rearrested upon returning to the UK 18 months later.
Investigating officer DC Julian Stokes said: “Grant tried to deceive police from the beginning, hiding his stash of drugs inside the police car.
“Even after his arrest, he tried to evade police by absconding to Jamaica.
“However, while he hoped we may have forgotten about him, we certainly did not and we were waiting to arrest him on his return back into the country.”
The drug dealer was pulled over in June 2018 by officers who suspected his black Vauxhall Astra of being involved in drugs activity.
Grant was then put in the back of a police car, while officers conducted a search of his vehicle under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Officers became suspicious when they noticed he was fiddling with the seat pocket in front of him.
Two Kinder Egg yellow capsules filled with 41 wraps of crack cocaine and 29 wraps of heroin worth an estimated £1,400, along with a Nokia mobile phone battery were discovered in the pocket.
A Nokia mobile phone with its battery removed and £140 in cash were later found on the dealer’s person.
Grant was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, but released under investigation pending further enquiries.
DNA found on the kinder capsules and messaging on his mobile phone about the sale and distribution of drugs provided “damning evidence”.
But when police invited Grant back to the station for an interview, they were told he had flown to the United States and Canada to attend a family funeral.
A further investigation revealed he had actually absconded to Jamaica.
Grant was arrested and his car and drugs were seized 18 months later when he returned to the UK.
“This was a great stop by police officers on patrol that has resulted in almost £1,500 worth of dangerous drugs being taken off our streets and destroyed.”
DC Stokes said: “This was a great stop by police officers on patrol that has resulted in almost £1,500 worth of dangerous drugs being taken off our streets and destroyed.”
Grant pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and was sentenced to three years imprisonment for each offence to be served concurrently.