Birmingham & Black Country

Wolverhampton train tip-off text leads police to drug dealer

Daniel Sheldon Image copyright Staffordshire Police
Image caption Daniel Sheldon was carrying the cannabis - which had a street value of £5,000 -in a large paint pot inside a bag

A drug dealer was caught carrying a kilo of cannabis on a train after a passenger texted police about a man who "smelled of weed" and was acting "on edge".

Following the tip-off, officers arrested Daniel Sheldon at Wolverhampton station.

The 33-year-old, from Stafford, also had £1,000 of cash on him.

He was jailed for 16 months at Wolverhampton Crown Court after admitting intent to supply cannabis.

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Image copyright British Transport Police
Image caption Daniel Sheldon was carrying a kilo of cannabis inside a paint pot

Sheldon, of Sowdley Green, Wheaton Aston, was carrying the cannabis - which had a street value of £5,000 - in a large paint pot inside a bag.

British Transport Police received the tip-off via its 61016 text reporting line on the morning of 4 March.

PC Jamie Taylor said: "The passenger sent a series of texts letting us know what service Sheldon was on, his description and where he was getting off - meaning our officers were ready and waiting for him when he arrived into Wolverhampton railway station."

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