A MAN who was found in possession of drugs worth up to £100,000 has been jailed.

James Elliott, 39, unemployed, of Hedley Way, Hailsham, was arrested in January after police stopped a black Fiat Bravo in nearby Hempstead Lane.

Officers on patrol had received information the vehicle Elliott was travelling in was involved in the supply of drugs, and that the car had been spotted on the A22 heading southbound from East Grinstead.

Police stopped the car and on carrying out a search, found five large bags of white powder inside a black bin liner in the boot weighing around 10kg in total.

The powder was later tested and found to be Class B drug amphetamine with an estimated street value of between £51,000 and £102,000.

Elliott pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a Class B drug (amphetamine) when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 10 January.

He appeared before Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 5 March, where he was sentenced to 40 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay a £181 victim surcharge.

The drugs were destroyed and disposed of under section 27 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.