Simon Tennant has been jailed after £200,000 worth of drugs were seized at his home (Image: GMP)
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A “fantastic father” has been jailed after he was revealed to be a drugs boss with nearly £200,000 worth of cocaine and ketamine was discovered at his home.
Father-of-three Simon Tennant, 40, a joiner from Hollingworth, Greater Manchester, who was “liked and respected by the local community”, shocked friends when they learned of his secret life of crime.
Police raided his home in Hyde, Tameside, days before Christmas last year, according to the Manchester Evening News.
They discovered more than two kilos (2,352g) of cocaine along with 381g of ketamine.
Tennant cooperated with the police, telling them he had “loads of drugs” and showing them the bag where the controlled substances were stored.
He had nine pizza boxes filled with eight kilos (8,398g) of a cutting agent to bulk up the drugs.
He also had £25,990 in cash hidden in a coffee table drawer.
Officers were also shown a hydraulic press in an outbuilding which is used to press drugs into blocks.
Tennant appeared at Minshull Street Crown Court and pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession with intent to supply ketamine, and possession of criminal property.
He has now been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.
Judge John Edwards told Tennant he had let himself and everyone down (file photo)
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Judge John Edwards quoted a testimonial submitted on Tennant’s behalf describing his descent into drug dealing.
He was described in the references as being polite, considerate, reliable, kind, full of life, a family man, and a “fantastic father” to his three children.
Judge Edwards said: "Your references paint a wholly different picture from the one that I have heard about this afternoon
"You let all them down, and let yourself down, but it is your three children that are really going to suffer here.”
He said of class A drugs: "They bring about despair and misery, and shatter communities.
"You chose, and it was a choice, to immerse yourself in this vile trade."
On the day of the police raid, December 23, Tennant tried to hide his phone behind a cushion on his sofa.
However, he quickly co-operated. When he was asked if had anything the officers should know about, he said: "Yeah, I'll save you a lot of time."
The court heard that the cocaine seized could be worth up to £188,240, and the ketamine was valued at £11,430.
More than £200,000 had been deposited in Tennant's bank account since April 2019.
After being arrested, Tennant told police he had been “forced” to mind the drugs to work off a drug debt, and claimed the £26,000 of cash was from selling dogs.
Tennant had one previous conviction for affray in 2009.
Daniel Calder, defending Tennant, described him as “liked and respected by the local community”.
He had a good upbringing and did well in school. He became a joiner who worked as a subcontractor with large firms in the North West.
He noted that Tennant was an “operational manager” in the drugs trade and that there were people above him.
Mr Calder said Tennant is genuinely remorseful and has hopes of becoming a registered dog breeder after he is release.