A DRUG dealer who used taxis and his mother’s car to collect drugs in Birmingham to sell in Gloucestershire has been jailed. 

Ben Goff, aged 29, was sentenced to seven years in prison at Gloucester Crown Court today, Friday, February 9 and must serve three years and six months before he is eligible to be released on licence.

Goff, of Leighton Road, Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine, along with three counts of driving while disqualified, at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that Goff was disqualified from driving in June so used a taxi service for some of his trips to the West Midlands in order to conduct the deals and buy cocaine.

Following an investigation by a specialist team of officers who regularly target drug dealers, Goff was stopped by police on October 17 while driving his mother’s car. 

Police discovered that Goff had used this car on 16 occasions to travel to the West Midlands.

Goff was arrested on November 10 after taking a taxi from Cheltenham to Stourbridge to conduct a deal.

Police found a block of high purity cocaine weighing just over 1kg, with an estimated street value of £26,000, in the taxi.

Phone messages showed that he had been making a number of trips in order to obtain the drugs.

As well as the jail sentence, Goff has been disqualified from driving for five years from the date of his release.

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire police said: "This case is another example of how the constabulary is working tirelessly to disrupt the drugs market in Gloucestershire and dismantle organised crime groups.

"Enforcement activity takes place all year round, with those involved in drug supply being warned that they will be caught and put before the courts."