Eastbourne man behind bars after £640k cocaine find

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AN EASTBOURNE man has been jailed for eight years for conspiring to deal in cocaine.

Gary Knock, 35, of Pevensey Road, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Monday (April 11) after pleading guilty.

His co-conspirator, Lloyd Power, 29, from Hove, is facing 10 years behind bars – including a one-year concurrent sentence for money laundering.

Officers from the Sussex Police mobile automated number plate recognition (ANPR) operations team seized four kilos of cocaine.

The haul is believed to have had an estimated potential street value of some £640,000.

They arrested the two men after they were seen acting suspiciously in the Regency Square area of Brighton on September 24 last year.

Power was arrested near his van in Molesworth Street, Hove, and Knock was in his van in Grand Parade, Brighton.

A 47-year-old woman from Eastbourne, who was also arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply was bailed by police but subsequently did not face prosecution.

The investigation was taken on by the force’s Serious Organised Crime Unit.

Detective Inspector Till Sanderson said, “This is another blow to would-be organised drug dealing in Sussex, and shows how we can use different types of police expertise to help bring criminals to justice.

“We now plan to bring both men back to court to face proceedings aimed at confiscating the financial assets gained from their illegal activities.”