A COURIER caught transporting £6,000-worth of cocaine to Wirral has been jailed for two years.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that police saw Keith Kennedy acting suspiciously at the junction of King Street and Clarendon Road, Seacombe, on the afternoon of July 2.
He appeared to be waiting for someone and, when the two officers approached him, he started fidgeting and then suddenly ran off and threw a package as he fled, said Kim Egerton, prosecuting.
He ran through gardens and was trying to scale a garden wall when they caught up with him. They had to strike him several times with their batons and use CS gas to subdue him.
They found the package contained two golf ball-sized lumps of white powder and subsequent examination revealed it had a street value of £6,200.
Kennedy, 25, eventually admitted that the package was his and that he had been transporting it for someone he refused to identify.
Jailing him for two years, Judge Nigel Gilmour QC said he had been a courier from Liverpool to Wirral and had transported a significant amount of drugs.
Kennedy, of Parkfield Road, Aigburth, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Jonathan Duffy, defending, said Kennedy had been using cocaine since the age of 15. He became involved in an enterprise with others transporting the drug but was now motivated to change his ways.