A DRUG dealer has been jailed for more than two years after being caught with white powder on his trousers.

David Nicholls was jailed for 26 months at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday after admitting possessing drugs with intent to supply.

Last year, officers from Essex Police’s Maldon town team stopped a silver Range Rover driven by Nicholls in Inchbonnie Road, South Woodham Ferrers.

During a search, they discovered more than £700 in his wallet, an iPhone, and drug-related paraphernalia in the passenger footwell.

Officers also noticed the 39-year-old had some white powder on his trousers, Essex Police said.

Further searches found white power, later identified as cocaine, in a zipped bag in the glove compartment.

Nicholls, of Inchbonnie Road, was ordered to forfeit the cash, mobile phone, drugs, and drug paraphernalia found in the car.

Sgt Matt Dalby said: “We work hard to identify drug dealers, to keep drugs off our streets and to prevent dealers peddling drugs in our district.

“Drugs can cause our community harm, something we won’t tolerate. If you know anyone who is dealing in drugs, tell us and we will deal.”