A BARNSLEY man has been jailed after he hid wraps of heroin under his false teeth before swallowing the drugs during his arrest.

Jamie Lloyd, 38, of Castle Street, appeared before court last Friday and was sentenced to four and half years in prison.

Just after mid-day on Thursday February 8 officers patrolling Barnsley in an unmarked car saw a red Volkswagen Golf struggling to navigate the snowy conditions.

Officers followed the vehicle along Sheffield Road as Lloyd was known to police through drug intelligence.

Witnessing Lloyd leave the vehicle to get onto a bus, officers arrested him to carry out a full search. During transporting him to custody, in the back of a police van, Lloyd showed officers wraps of Class A drugs under his false teeth. Before officers could act, Lloyd swallowed the drugs and was taken to hospital, where it was found he was in possession of 90 wraps of Class A drugs, £700 cash and two mobile phones.

Following his treatment, enquiries confirmed that Lloyd was involved in drug supply within the town centre.

Forensic testing of the drugs confirmed that they were heroin and crack cocaine, totalling a street value of over £900.

Investigating officer in the case Sergeant Steve Newton said: “Drug dealing, and drug supply will not be tolerated in Barnsley. The consequences of drugs are horrendous, they ruin people’s lives and families’ lives and lead to the exploitation of vulnerable children and adults, as well as lead to a fund serious and violent crime.

“Identifying those involved and carrying out stop searches enables us to disrupt the drug supply and bring those responsible before the courts. We are stronger with our community’s help, and anyone with concerns should report it to us.”