Two drug dealers who were caught when police officers stopped an uninsured car in Watford have been jailed for a total of 10-and-a-half years.
Eduardo Cantalupo, 22, from Barnet was sentenced 5-and-a-half years at St Albans Crown Court on Monday, June 24 and his co-defendant, Alvydas Roberts, 21, who is on the run, was sentenced to 5 years in his absence.
The police stopped the car at 3am on August 10, 2017 after it came up as being uninsured.
Cantalupo, who was in the front passenger seat, appeared nervous and had £1,772.75 in a rucksack, said prosecutor Jollyon Robertson.
Roberts was in the back seat, where there was another rucksack with £290.10 in coins.
There was also 290 grams of caffeine and paracetamol that could be used as cutting agent, two sets of electric scales and plastic bags. A ‘Rambo-style’ knife was also in the car.
A ‘drug lines’ Nokia phone was also found. When it was examined there was a reference to whisky or white for cocaine and brandy or brown for heroin. The quality of the drugs was being advertised as being 10 out of 10, said the prosecutor.
Cantalupo, of Corefield Close, Barnet and Roberts, of no fixed address, were convicted of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and possessing a bladed article.
Guy Wyatt, defending Cantalupo, said he was still quite young and was not a senior person in the drugs chain.
Roberts, who was not represented, was of previous good character.
Jailing them, Judge Michael Kay QC said: “The evidence was overwhelming.” He said they had been involved in a small to medium sized drug operation.
He said the money seized by the police should go to a charity that helps victims of crime in Hertfordshire.