Businessman faces jail over drug dealing

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A WIGAN businessman has been convicted of two drug dealing offences after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Andrew Bradley was found guilty of those charges and concealing criminal property after a three day trial.

The 41-year-old of Grove Lane, Standish, has now been remanded into custody until February 9 for sentence.

During his trial the jury, which took less than two hours to convict him, heard how police had gone to his home after a neighbour reported a suspected burglary there.

Officers found no-one in the premises at all but discovered evidence he was apparently a drug dealer with tens of thousands of pounds cash in the premises.

In a garage, which was being converted into a room, officers noted two mixing bowls one which contained cocaine and the other cannabis.

A police dog was brought to the scene and more items were found including a plastic scoop and plastic bags containing white powder, said Simon Driver, prosecuting.

A search also revealed a total of 30 envelopes each containing £1,000 cash with Bradley’s initials on them.

When told about what had been found Bradley said, “yes, it’s social drugs”.

But was well as cocaine and cannabis, a substantial amount of benzocaine, which is used to adulterate cocaine and enhance its profitability on the streets, was also found.

Bradley claimed that a former friend had been staying with him shortly before the police find and that man had been involved in controlled drugs and possibly in debt.