A man who became a drugs courier to clear debts has been jailed after being caught with a kilo of amphetamine in a car in Blackpool.
Andrew Nuttall was arrested by police after officers found amphetamine, with a street value of around £10,000, in his car.
It earned him an 18-month prison sentence when he appeared at Preston Crown Court.
Nuttall, 33, formerly of Warren Drive, Anchorsholme, had pleaded guilty to possessing a drug with intent to supply, possessing £3,000 in criminal property and also disqualified driving.
The court heard police stopped a car he was driving, because of suspicions over the use of the vehicle, on November 30 last year.
When the car was searched the cash was found, as well as a kilo of amphetamine.
Julie Taylor, defending, said Nuttall had used drugs since 2006.
His habit escalated and he began to accrue debt, despite successfully running his own IT business.
Miss Taylor said: “The ravages of drugs meant he got into debt.
“He succumbed to the temptation to wipe out that debt by behaving in the way he did on that day.
“He is thoroughly ashamed of his behaviour.
“Following his arrest, a remand into custody, before he was given bail, was a short, sharp shock for him.”
The defendant moved to the Derbyshire area following the offence
Sending him to jail, Judge Robert Altham told him: “Only a custodial sentence can be warranted.
“You involved yourself in what clearly was a professional, commercial drug supply.
“A clear message has to go out that this sort of offending will be treated seriously by the courts.”
Nuttall was told he would also have to pay a £100 statutory surcharge.