The first picture of a kilo block of cocaine allegedly sent from London to Swindon via taxi driver has been released.

Cabbie Edson Monteiro de Resende, 34, from Swindon, denies being part of a gang that arranged to transfer the package - with a street value of £200,000 - back in September 2017.

Five men, including the former boyfriend of Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson, 25-year-old Harry Byart, of Merlin Close, Waltham Abbey, are currently on trial.

The 25-year-old enjoyed chart success in the early 2010s under the name Fugative appeared at Bristol Crown Court alongside four other men on Tuesday, July 16.

Nakhell Gordon, 32, formerly of Eastwood Close, London, Marcus Mawire, 24, of Milton Road, Sittingbourne, and Dean Mulholland, 28, of Limes Avenue, Swindon, deny conspiracy to supply the Class A drug.

Telephone records showed that communication had built up to a “veritable blizzard of phone calls” on the night of the incident.

Bristol Crown Court heard de Resende took Mawire to a launderette on Mnachester Road, Swindon in the afternoon.

de Resende then travelled to Hendon, arriving at 9.20pm where police watched two men get into his car, the court heard.

His car was later seen 20 miles to the northeast, in Waltham Abbey, where a BMW allegedly driven by Byart pulled up alongside the cab with its windows rolled down.

The Crown claims it was here that the handover took place.

By 11.04pm police tracked de Resende on the M4 headed back to Swindon, and they made their arrest just after midnight.

Tests later revealed the triangular parcel of cocaine left on the passenger seat was of 87 per cent purity, had a wholesale value of around £30,000 to £40,000.

The image of the block of cocaine, seized by police as they stopped de Resende’s car in Ferndale, was shown to jurors and issued by the Crown Prosecution Service.

The trial continues next week.