A man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after being arrested for intent to supply Class A drugs only days after arriving in the country.

Robert Papa pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs at Salisbury Crown Court on Friday (November 12) where he was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

The 21-year-old had only arrived in the country a few days before he was arrested on October 14, having travelled from Romania. He had no previous convictions in the UK.

Papa was stopped by Wiltshire Police on the A303 as he was returning to Andover from Amesbury, with police having linked his Ford Focus to the supply of drugs.

He was strip searched by officers, who found that he was in possession of 18 bags of cocaine, which had a street value of £900.

His phone was also examined, with police finding that he had just sold cocaine in Amesbury.

Detective Constable Mark Welch, from the Fortitude Team, said: "This is a good result for the team as it proves good intelligence given to the police can track down and prevent criminals continuing to supply illegal drugs in to our county as well as across borders.

"We believe Papa to have been part of a larger drugs network and so this sentence will impact and disrupt the activities of those criminal gangs.

"Wiltshire Police will continue to robustly pursue those who sell controlled drugs and with the launch of Fortitude this pursuit will be relentless."