London Colney drug dealer hid stash in Only Fools DVD tin

The 69-year-old was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court

The 69-year-old was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court - Credit: Archant

A drug dealer who kept a stash of cocaine and cannabis in an Only Fools and Horses DVD tin at his London Colney home has been convicted at St Albans Crown Court..

James Bevan, 28, has been remanded in custody after being convicted yesterday of possessing the drugs with intent to supply. He will be sentenced on June 27 when reports have been prepared.

After his arrest by police in November last year, Bevan, of Oldfield Road, said the nine grams of cannabis and two and three-quarter grams of cocaine were for his own personal use.

Police found the limited edition Series Seven tin, along with £320 in £20 notes in his wallet, in Bevan’s ground floor bedroom at the home he shares with his mother and father.

A text message on a mobile phone that was found read: “No tick. I am doing it for £30.”

A small set of digital scales was also found on top of a kitchen cabinet, which Bevan said he used to weigh the drugs to check he was not being ripped off.

Prosecutor David Povall said officers had received information from a number of different sources that he was dealing drugs from the house and other locations.

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When they took apart a smoke detector within the home they discovered a small piece of paper with a list of names or initials on it next to amounts of money.

The prosecution alleged that was a dealer’s list but Bevan said it referred to people who owed him money for work he carried out as an electrician.

Bevan had seven convictions for 13 previous offences.

In 2004 he was sentenced to three years youth custody for possessing cocaine with intent to supply.