A DRUG dealer has been jailed after being found with thousands of pounds worth of cocaine in a police raid.

Winsford resident Joshua Furmedge has been jailed for six-and-a-half years for drug offences in the town.

The 30-year-old was found in possession of around £24,000 worth of cocaine during a police raid.

Following the sentencing on Friday (July 5), DC Chris Jones said: “I am grateful that Furmedge is now behind bars, and not only have we put a stop to his harmful behaviour, but we have taken drugs off the streets.

“These drugs would no doubt have been destined for the streets of Winsford, causing harm to not only drug users in the area, but the entire community.”

Joshua Furmedge, of Commonwealth Close in WinsfordJoshua Furmedge, of Commonwealth Close in Winsford (Image: Cheshire Police)

At around 6.30am on November 28, 2022, police executed a warrant at Furmedge’s home on Commonwealth Close in Winsford.

The property and outbuildings were searched, and a quantity of white powder was seized from the garden shed.

A mobile phone, a large amount of cash, and several high-value lifestyle items were also recovered during the warrant.

Furmedge was inside the address and was subsequently arrested.

A drugs expert confirmed the white powder was cocaine and had a potential value of up to £24,000.

When interviewed, Furmedge said he had no knowledge of how the drugs had got into the shed.

Despite his denials, he was ultimately charged with intent to supply cocaine and possession of criminal property.

Furmedge was found guilty of the offences following a trial in May of this year.

He returned to Liverpool Crown Court on Friday where he was sentenced to six-and-a-half years imprisonment.

DC Jones added: “Our fight against illegal drugs is never over. We are determined to stamp down on those who are responsible for destroying the lives of people who are addicted to these dangerous substances.

“If you have any information about drug-related activity in your community, you can contact us by ringing 101 or via cheshire.police.uk/tell-us.”