A Sheffield taxi driver has been sentenced to over four years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
Teroy Tate, 37, of Edenhall Road, was sentenced to four and a half years at Sheffield Crown Court this morning (9 September).
On 15 July, Tate was stopped whilst driving his taxi on Edenhall Road in the Woodthorpe area of the city; he was searched by officers and found to be in possession of an ounce of crack cocaine.
When officers searched his home address, they recovered a further ounce of crack cocaine and packages of heroin stored in a shoebox in Tate’s bedroom, worth a street value of £15,000.
A significant amount of cash was also found and seized.
Tate was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine and possession of criminal property under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
He pleaded guilty to both charges on 14 August.
Investigating Officer, DC Steven Hemsley, said: “Tate was using legitimate employment as a taxi driver as a smokescreen for his criminal activity and this should be a warning to others who might be doing the same.
“To all of those involved in drug-dealing in our city, we are working hard to disrupt your activity and prevent you from exploiting vulnerable people.
“I am satisfied with the sentence that Tate has received today and I would hope that it’ll serve as reassurance to the public, that we are taking significant action against drug dealers operating across Sheffield.”