An Eastbourne drug dealer found with almost 250g of cocaine has been convicted.

On Sunday 21 February, Daniel Shaw, 39, of Pembury Road, Eastbourne, was spotted by officers driving along the A27 near Firle before coming to a stop. Police had intelligence to believe Shaw was involved in drug dealing and stopped to conduct a person and vehicle search.

Within the car, a bag of cocaine with a weight of 122g; 11 wraps of cocaine; a knuckle duster, a hammer and two mobile phones were discovered and seized.

Officers subsequently conducted a search at Shaw’s flat and recovered nearly £500 in cash found inside a coat pocket, cannabis resin and a further 26g of cocaine. The total street value of all the cocaine seized is estimated to be between £12,030 and £15,050.

Shaw was arrested and brought into police custody. During a police interview, Shaw was asked what he thought PWI – possession with intent – meant, to which he replied “I’m in trouble”.

Shaw was charged with possession with intent to supply a class A drug, possession of a class B drug and possession of an offensive weapon. He pleaded not guilty initially and was due to stand trial, however he subsequently entered a guilty plea.

On Tuesday 20 April at Lewes Crown Court, he was sentenced to a 40 month custodial sentence.

Investigating Officer Sam Legate added: “We welcome the sentence issued by the courts in relation to this matter.

“We are committed to tackling issues with drugs, which can have a detrimental impact on our local communities.

“We hope this sends out a clear message to those dealing drugs within Sussex that we take this behaviour seriously and will continue to do all we can to remove it from our streets.”