An alert CCTV operator was right when he tipped off the police about what he suspected was a drugs deal taking place from a car parked near Rugby town centre.
And when officers moved in to arrest dealer Carl Adams a bag fell out of his pocket and was found to contain amphetamine and cannabis with a street value of £650.
Adams, aged 32, from Rugby, was jailed for nine months after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to possessing quantities of the two drugs with intent to supply them.
Edward Soulsby, prosecuting, said that on February 27 the police received information from a Rugby town centre CCTV operator about suspicious activity around a car parked in Corporation Street.
When the police arrived and found Adams in the car he said it belonged to his mate and he was just sitting in it to roll a fag.
As they searched him a bag fell out of his pocket and was found to contain 46.8 grams of amphetamine worth £470 in street deals and 17.7 grams of cannabis worth £180.
Adams also had £404 in cash on him, a small set of scales and a ‘tick list’ of drug deals, while on his phone were texts concerning the sale of drugs going back to October 2014.
When he was questioned Adams, whose convictions included one for possessing amphetamine in 2006, made no comment.
Mr Soulsby added that at the time Adams was on licence from an indeterminate sentence imposed in 2008 for his part in one of a series of robberies at Coral bookmakers’ shops in Rugby.
Spencer Stephens, defending, said: “He was complying pretty well with his licence, but the offences were committed to fund his own amphetamine use.”
He explained that while on licence Adams had started to drink, and had then turned to amphetamine, and began dealing to support that habit.
Jailing Adams, Recorder David Crigman QC told him: “The amounts of amphetamine and cannabis are indicative of street dealing.
“Although you have a significant criminal record, including an indeterminate sentence, you do not have any convictions for drug dealing. But I cannot avoid sending you to prison.”