HEROIN dealer Mark Wilson has been jailed for more than four years after being caught red-handed supplying the drug.
The 45-year-old was attempting to sell the class A drug to a woman from a car in Fenton, when police pounced.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that as officers grabbed Wilson's hand, he dropped a small wrap of heroin on the driver's seat.
More wraps were discovered along with a list of 'customers' in the centre console.
Wilson, of Draycott Road in Forsbrook, denied possession of heroin with intent to supply to another on July 11 last year.
But he was convicted by a jury following his trial.
Prosecutor David Bennett said police were on general patrol in an unmarked vehicle at 8.50pm, when they saw the defendant in a black Ford Focus in Vivian Road, Fenton.
Mr Bennett said: "He was parked outside the address of Tania Forrester.
"Police were suspicious by what they saw. She was standing at the side of the road leaning in through the driver's window.
"The defendant was the only occupant of the vehicle.
"Police approached and took hold of the defendant's hand. As they did so they noticed a small wrap drop out on to the driver's seat.
"Officers told him he was to be searched. They opened his hand and there were further wraps of heroin."
Police also found a handwritten list in the centre console.
Mr Bennett said: "That was a list the defendant was using to keep track of who he was supplying drugs to.
"Police also seized a mobile phone from the vehicle, one from the defendant, and £151 cash."
Wilson answered 'no comment' to all questions in his subsequent police interview.
In a second interview in February he denied it was his car and claimed he was just driving it at the time.
The court heard Wilson has convictions for 54 offences and was jailed for four-and-a-half years in 1999 for supplying heroin.
Paul Cliff, mitigating, said Wilson has had a problem with heroin but his offending has decreased as he has matured.
Judge Paul Glenn said Wilson was a street level dealer who was motivated by financial advantage.
He said: "The reality of this case is you lost your employment and you could not finance your lifestyle, in particular your heroin addiction, and you decided to do so by selling drugs to other people.
"You were about to supply Tania Forrester, whose name was on the dealer's list in the car you were using to supply drugs."
Judge Glenn, who handed Wilson a four-and-a-half year prison sentence, added: "You know class A drugs are highly addictive. They cause misery."