A man has been charged with supplying Class A drugs after police found wraps of cocaine in his car.

Xhonatan Matei, 37, of Shortcrofts Road in Dagenham, was stopped after being seen driving suspiciously on the A24 at Findon on Friday, 21 April.

Police said officers found 250g of cocaine in the vehicle and multiple mobile phones.

A search of an address linked to Matei was later searched where more cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and more mobile phones were discovered, police said.

Matei was arrested and charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs (cocaine) and possession of a Class B drug (cannabis).

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Chief Inspector Nick Bowman, district commander for Chichester and Arun, said: “Every gram of cocaine taken off our streets protects our communities from the harm caused by the illegal drug trade.

“Drug supply underpins a wide range of criminality in our neighbourhoods, and we are committed, alongside our community partners, to disrupting the practice and safeguarding those most at risk.”

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Monday (24 April), Matei was remanded in custody pending confirmation of a court date which will be set on 22 May.