DRAMATIC footage has captured a drug baron throwing £300,000 worth of heroin out of a van window during a high-speed police chase.
Crime boss Paul Day, 51, desperately tried to dump the class A drugs before capture, resulting in an explosion of white powder as he fled cops.
A police vehicle’s dashcam filmed Day and his accomplice speeding through the streets of South Normanton, Derbyshire, and Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, as they tried to make their escape.
They were finally caught when police forced their white Peugeot van off the road.
Day and his brother Mark who ran a crime gang of 10 that was responsible for trafficking £1.4million of heroin from Sheffield to Nottingham were jailed at Nottingham crown court on Friday.
The court heard how Liban Abdullah, 29, organised drug runs from Sheffield, using taxis taken to meet dealers.
The gang was nailed on June 20, 2016, when Abdullah made arrangements for Paul Day to meet Sheffield courier Waqas Bashir in South Normanton.
The exchange took place in a McDonald’s car park where Day handed over payment for 2kg of heroin and a cutting agent. Nearby was Josiah Wiggan, 30, boss of the Sheffield arm of the crime operation.
A police operation was launched and they followed Day as he drove off in his van.
A chase ensued as police moved in and footage caught Day desperately trying to hurl the drugs and cutting agent out of the window.
Incredibly, his brother Mark pulled alongside him in a separate car so the drugs could be thrown into his vehicle.
Witnesses also saw him circling back in a bid to collect the dropped heroin which his brother had dumped on the road.
Paul Day was arrested after police rammed his car off the road.
Drugs found at a nature trail in Nottinghamshire forensically linked Day to the stash. Police also found cutting agents, including paracetamol and caffeine in his storage container.
Day, of Sutton-in-Ashfield. pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and was jailed for 11 years and four months.
His brother Mark, also of Sutton-in-Ashfield, admitted the same charge and was jailed for 10 years and nine months.
Abdullah, of Sheffield, was sentenced in his absence to 14 years in prison. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The rest of the gang received sentences totalling 94 years.
Det Insp Andy Jones, who led the investigation at the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: ‘This investigation has taken a long time and a lot of hard work to reach this successful conclusion.
‘Most of the people involved are career criminals who tried very hard to avoid detection and cover their tracks.
‘Their sentences reflect the key roles they played in bringing large quantities of class A drugs into the East Midlands.’