A man who was caught by police with a Kinder Egg full of crack cocaine and heroin has been jailed.

Wayne Roberts appeared before a judge at Preston's Sessions House on Tuesday charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply and two counts of supplying class A drugs.

Roberts, 40, was due to be sentenced alongside his co-defendant, who he claims forced him into selling the drugs and threatened him if he did not comply.

However, co-defendant, Lewis Taylor, 22, was killed in a motorbike accident in December last year and therefore could not be sentenced for the offences.

Three arrested over motorbike crash which killed dad-to-be Lewis Taylor

Harriet Lavin, prosecuting, told the court that the matters arose on March 23 2019, when police were on patrol on Accrington Road in Burnley.

She said: "They spotted a Seat Ibiza and motioned for it to stop.

"The driver was Lewis Taylor and the passenger was Wayne Roberts.

"Roberts was asked to get out of the vehicle and officers found a Kinder Egg stuffed down his boxer shorts containing three wraps of crack cocaine at 0.8g with a street value of £40, and one wrap of heroin at 0.19g with a street value of £10.

"A quantity of cash, £385, was also found, along with a Nokia phone that was seized from Roberts and an iPhone from Taylor."

Ms Lavin told the court that police discovered the Nokia had been used to aid the supply of crack cocaine and heroin at street level and found messages relating to Taylor.

Both men were arrested and upon interview, Roberts told officers he was a drug user and would get his drugs from Taylor.

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

Ms Lavin continued: "Roberts said he was paid £20 to help Taylor out and had only done so on about 10 occasions.

"He said that when police pulled the vehicle, Taylor had passed him the Kinder Egg and told him to tell the police that the phone belonged to him.

"Roberts insists that he told Taylor he did not want to be involved but was threatened with violence. 

"Taylor denied everything and told police the phone belonged to Roberts."

Roberts, who has 84 previous convictions, most for dishonesty, has never been convicted for drugs offences, but Recorder Ian Harris noted he was an addict who had lent support to his former co-defendant in the supply of class A drugs, for which only a custodial sentence would be appropriate. 

Recorder Harris sentenced him to 21 months in prison.

Roberts, of Dalton Street, is already serving a 36 months sentence for a separate burglary offence, for which he was convicted in September last year.

The 21 month sentence imposed on him by Recorder Harris will run alongside that and began on Tuesday.