A DRUG dealer who tried to hide a bag containing £70,000 and a kilo of drugs in a bush after a road rage incident has been jailed.

Gerard Marsden, from Liverpool, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court.

The court heard how on September 1, the 33-year-old was involved in a road rage incident with another driver along the M62 eastbound. 

Following the dispute, he was seen driving dangerously around the roundabout at junction 11 and along Birchwood Way. 

While the victim contacted police, Marsden was seen by a member of the public putting a blue rucksack into some bushes on Havisham Close in Birchwood before leaving the area. 

When officers attended they recovered the rucksack full of cash and cocaine. 

Enquiries identified Marsden as a suspect and he was arrested days later at Holyhead Port on September 6. 

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a controlled drug, possession of criminal property and dangerous driving.

DC Ian Morris, of Warrington CID, said: “This is a fantastic result and I would like to thank the public for their assistance in recovering the rucksack. 

“As a result a considerable amount of controlled drugs and money were seized preventing them from being distributed on our streets. 

“Marsden showed no regard for the victim or anyone on the road, his actions could have caused a serious collision that day.”