A DRUG dealer has been jailed after he was found with seven bags of cocaine.

Lucas Hicks, 25, of Yealm Close, Didcot pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to supply cocaine and one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

He was sentenced to 36 months behind bars at a hearing at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday.

Hicks was stopped by officers in the car park of a supermarket in London Road, Newbury, Berkshire, at about 11am on December 16, 2016.

He was found to be in possession of seven bags of cocaine.

He was arrested that day, and a further investigation and search of his house found further quantities of cocaine and other drugs paraphernalia.

He was charged on August 1 2017.

Pc James Botto said: “This was another successful result for the stronghold team based in Newbury, and shows that those who seek to make a living from selling drugs will be investigated and brought before the courts.

"We are dedicated to tackling serious and organised crime and providing safer communities through our Stronghold campaign.

“We would advise people who have information regarding drug dealing in Newbury to keep reporting it as only through their continued support and information can we bring offenders like Hicks to justice.”