A DRUG dealer arrested while making 'crack' cocaine wraps at a Torquay hotel has been jailed for 28 months.
Danny O'Flaherty (pictured), of Halewood Road in Liverpool, was wearing latex gloves and cutting up the cocaine on a worktop when officers arrested him.
The cocaine — enough for 100 deals — was destined for the streets of Torbay.
The 20 year old was found with 10.5gms of the drug with a street value of £2,000 at a hotel in the Belgrave Road area of the town.
He pleaded guilty to possessing the class A drug with intent to supply it when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.
Acting Det Sgt Jason Metcalfe said: "Information was received of suspicious activity and O'Flaherty was arrested at the hotel and found to be in possession of 70 street wraps of crack cocaine. A further block of crack cocaine taking it to 100 street deals was also found. The 70 street deals were in the process of being made up in bags of 0.1gms and the block would have made up an extra 30 bags.
"O'Flaherty was found to be sitting next to a worktop wearing latex gloves cutting up crack cocaine and putting it into bags and weighing it ready to be sold on the street."
Two other men from Liverpool found in the room with O'Flaherty were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident. They are yet to be dealt with in court.
O'Flaherty was sentenced to carry out the jail term at a young offenders' institution.
ADS Metcalfe said: "Crack cocaine is something that is used in the area. We don't have an awful lot of seizures.
"It is significant to highlight that this is a drug that often leads to acquisitive crime because of the addictive nature of the drug.
"It creates a necessity in users to use more and more due to its addictive power and sends them out stealing, shoplifting or committing burglaries."