A WOMAN has been jailed for five years after she was stopped on the motorway and found with a large quantity of cocaine.
On 17th November 2016 officers from Blackpool Roads Policing Unit stopped a Renault Twingo on the west bound carriageway of the M55 motorway.
A search of the vehicle found 2kg of high purity cocaine in the boot of the car and two women from Wakefield in West Yorkshire were arrested.
The driver Kimberley Tate, 27, was later charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
The subsequent investigation revealed that this was the second of two visits Tate had made to Blackpool that day.
Tate pleaded not guilty claiming that she thought she was transporting stolen cosmetics and did not know that the items in the boot of her car were drugs but she was convicted following a trial at Preston Crown Court.
Tate, of Henderson Avenue, Wakefield, was jailed for five years.
The high purity cocaine had a wholesale value of between £80,000-100,000 and a street value of around £230,000.
Chief Inspector Lee Wilson, of Blackpool Police, said: “When Tate was stopped she was in possession of a large quantity of cocaine which would undoubtedly have brought misery to the streets of Blackpool and which have now been taken out of circulation.
“I hope this sentence will send a message that the supply and distribution of drugs will not be tolerated in Lancashire, and we will continue to target, and deal with proportionately and robustly, those who put our communities at risk in this way.”
A 25 year old woman from Wakefield arrested at the same time as Tate was later released without charge.