A Sheffield businessman who was found to have cocaine and over £45k in cash when officers searched his home and business premises, is now behind bars.
Ian Heald, 50, has also been ordered to pay back the cash, thought to have been gained as a result of his criminal activity, mainly the supply and distribution of Class A drugs.
On Friday 24 February last year, officers in Sheffield executed two intel led warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act at two addresses connected to Heald.
The first was carried out at a business premise in Orgreave Crescent, where half a kilogramme of cocaine was found and seized. Specialist forensic officers carried out a thorough search of the building and found multiple traces of white powder throughout, on items such as photo frames and metal cylinders.
Heald was arrested at the scene and officers then carried out a search of his home address in Victoria Quays, Sheffield, as PC Darren McKenna, the investigating officer, explains.
“When we searched Heald’s home address we also found substantial amounts of cash in a variety of currencies and high value items of property including a number of Rolex watches.
“The drugs seized were sent away for analysis with specialists estimating them to have a street value of over £15,000.
“Financial investigators from Sheffield were also able to secure a confiscation order of £45, 350 in cash and foreign currency under the Proceeds of Crime Act, thought to have been obtained by Heald as a result of his criminal dealings.
“This was a substantial operation for officers in the Sheffield Tasking Team and I’m pleased that we were able to recover these drugs and bring Heald before the courts.
“Tackling the supply and distribution of drugs and associated criminality is a priority for our teams and I’d urge anyone who has concerns that this could be happening in their area to speak to us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
Heald appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 9 November when he was jailed for four years and seven months for possession of cocaine with intent to supply. He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
Heald was also handed a two year sentence for possessing criminal property, to run concurrently.