A 45-YEAR-old man who was living at a probation hostel in Hucknall has been jailed after being caught in a car carrying nearly £400,000 worth of drugs, a court has heard.
Police stopped Steven Lissemore (45) at the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf only six weeks after he had been released from prison.
Inside the vehicle were six bags of amphetamine weighing almost eight kilos, Nottingham Crown Court was told.
Judge John Milmo jailed Lissemore for four years and said he had been acting as a courier.
Lissemore, who gave his address as the probation hostel on Astral Grove, was released on licence on Thursday September 23 last year from a “lenient” 18-month sentence for possession of cocaine with intent to supply, the court heard.
The drugs from the previous offence were found at his home and confiscated by the police.
On Friday November 5 last year, police officers saw him driving the Golf in Skegby. A search revealed his “valuable cargo”, said Gareth Gimson (prosecuting).
In mitigation, it was said that Lissemore, who pleaded guilty, realised he was “wasting his life” in prison.
When released in the past, he had had “all the good intentions” and had found a legitimate job, added Mr Gimson.
Judge Milmo said that when “bulked up”, the amphetamine had a value of £125,000 and was worth approximately £391,000 on the street.
The judge accepted that Lissemore had come under significant pressure from others after an earlier loss of the cocaine which had led to the previous 18-month sentence.
He had been doing well at the hostel in Hucknall.
The judge ordered the forfeiture of the Golf and the forfeiture and destruction of the amphetamine.