A man has been jailed after be pleaded guilty to a drug deal in Reading.

Joel Cooper, aged 51, of Silver Street, Reading, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class A, namely cocaine and heroin at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday, March 6.

On December 29, 2023, officers saw Cooper driving a white BMW, which drove down East Street and waited at the dead end. Officers then detained Cooper for a Section 23 drugs search.

He was found with a number of wraps in his hand and a quantity of cocaine and heroin were found in a bag in the car.

Following further searches, 16 wraps of class A drugs were found inside Cooper, with the total street value of drugs recovered £3,460.

Cooper was arrested the same day and was charged on December 30, 2023.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Jon Nicholls, based at Reading police station, said: “We will proactively and robustly target and prosecute offenders and our activity will be both visible and covert aimed at disrupting and pursuing offenders involved in the supply of drugs.

“The information from the public around the drug supply offences in Reading plays an important role in developing intelligence into a proactive investigation.

“If you have any information we would encourage you to report it to us by calling 101 or through the online reporting on our website.”

Cooper has been sentenced to two years and six months’ imprisonment.