Two drug couriers who brought two kilos of cocaine to the North East have been jailed after police stopped their car – and found bundles of cash and drugs inside.

Liam Scotton and Cuneyt Taskin were working for a Liverpool crime gang when they drove to South Tyneside on June 21, last year.

Officers pulled over their Ford Mondeo and discovered two parcels of cocaine worth a total of £32,000, as well as £26,000 in cash.

Scotton, of Waldgrave Road, Liverpool, and Taskin, of Liscard Road, Wirral, were arrested and the drugs and cash were seized.

Both men admitted money laundering and possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply when they appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on June 3.

Scotton, 29, was jailed for 6 years and driver Taskin, 47, was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months behind bars.

Scotton and Taskin were both couriers for an organised drug dealing operation based in Merseyside.

Detective Constable David Vincent

The court heard the Mondeo was seen on the Fellgate estate in Jarrow before Scotton and Taskin began to leave the area and return south.

Police pulled over the occupants near Testo’s roundabout – before finding the bundles of money and drugs inside the car.

Both men now begin a custodial term.