Two men who were caught exchanging a bag with a brick-sized block of cocaine inside at Kingsmead Business Park have been jailed.

Clive Holmes, from High Wycombe, and Steven Hayes, from North Weald Bassett in Essex, had been under surveillance by the National Crime Agency when they were caught red-handed in a drug deal.

The pair met at the Kingsmead Business Park in Loudwater in November last year.

Holmes, 46, was seen getting into 30-year-old Hayes' car empty-handed and then leaving holding a supermarket bag.

The bag had a brick-sized block of cocaine in, weighing a kilogram.

Not long after, Hayes was stopped while driving in Epping and failed a drugs test.

When NCA investigators carried out further searches, another three blocks of cocaine, weighing a kilo each, were found at a container unit that Hayes had rented in Basildon in Essex.

The four kilos would have been worth up to £200,000 if sold on the streets of the UK.

Evidence of drug supply was found at both of their homes - including scales, a vacuum packing machine and white powder.

The boot of Hayes’ car was also found to have been modified to contain a hidden storage compartment.

Holmes, of Freer Crescent in Wycombe Marsh, was jailed for three and a half years at Chelmsford Crown Court this week, while Hayes was imprisoned for five years.

They had both pleaded guilty at earlier hearings.

Adam Berry, Operations Manager at the NCA said: ‘These men were involved in the distribution of cocaine for criminal profit, and it is important that they have been brought to account.

“The cocaine trade drives violence and intimidation in communities across the UK. The NCA continues to target and pursue those involved in Class A drugs supply, and to protect the public from the impact of serious and organised crime.”