Jail for Tameside man who hid drugs in pizza boxes

A TAMESIDE man who hid more than £250,000 worth of drugs and cutting agent in pizza boxes has been jailed for more than eight years.

Two days before Christmas last year (December 23, 2020), officers carried out warrants at addresses on Market Street, Hollingworth, and seized a substantial amount of cocaine, ketamine and cash.

Nine pizza boxes containing nine kilos of cutting agent to mix with cocaine were discovered along with 2.4 kilos of cocaine and half a kilo of ketamine – all with a value of around £250,000.

Pizza boxes drugs Simon Tennant

Simon Tennant, 40, of Market Street, Hollingworth, was jailed for eight and a half years on Friday, July 2 at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession with intent to supply ketamine and possession of criminal property.

Detective Constable Jake Orr, of GMP’s Tameside Challenger Team, said: “This is all part of our on-going commitment to tackling drugs and the distribution of them across Greater Manchester and clearly this find was a substantial one.

Pizza boxes drugs Hollingworth raids

“Tennant was clearly making a profit from the desperation of those who become reliant on class A drugs and we will continue to do all we can to remove offenders such as Tennant from our towns and cities.

“There is always a lot of work going on across GMP even though some of it may not be visible – but we would always continue to ask communities to come forward with any information that may assist us with our investigations.”

Anyone with information or has any concerns about drugs in their area can report it online at www.gmp.police.uk or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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