A WIGAN drug dealer was snared after he was seen approaching a suspicious van that the police were keeping under surveillance.

Cash, drugs and other incriminating paraphernalia were discovered at the Platt Bridge flat Gareth Boyd shared with his girlfriend after police conducted a subsequent search.

The officers found almost 2,600 in four bundles of cash and a drug dealer’s tick list in the bedroom of Diane Croston.

In the spare room officers discovered a total of 540g of cannabis leaf hidden in bags of clothes.

This had a street value of up to 5,450, said Henry Riding, prosecuting.

While they were there, 26-year-old Croston received two text messages on her mobile phone from her father complaining that there was too much foil in the cannabis he had received and that the cannabis was in little pieces.


Mr Riding told Liverpool Crown Court that the police also found a Nintendo DS which had been stolen in a daytime burglary in Westhoughton two days earlier.

Boyd, 26, of Petticoat Lane, Ince, pleaded guilty to the burglary at the house in Henry Street on June 16 and to possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Judge David Aubrey QC jailed him for 20 months and suggested that at his age it was time he should consider what he wants to do with the rest of his life.

Croston, a mother-of-three young children, of West Croft, Platt Bridge, pleaded guilty to supplying cannabis. She was ordered to carry out 80 hours’ unpaid work.

Zillah Williams, defending, said that Boyd had gone to the Westhoughton house to steal paving stones.

He thought the property was derelict, but when he found the door was open he went in and stole the Nintendo.

He had been involved with the cannabis as he was trying to pay off a drugs debt.

He was a heavy cannabis user and sometimes took cocaine.

He has now not taken drugs for three months and is just concerned about his partner, Croston, and their three children, she said.

Defence barrister Rachel Faux said that Croston is not a drugs user and had not known the drugs were in the house.

She has expressed remorse and knows she behaved stupidly.