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Actor who played drug dealer in soap jailed after cash and hash find

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Chris Hargreaves played a number of roles on the popular soap
Chris Hargreaves played a number of roles on the popular soap

Washed-up soap star Chris Hargreaves, who played a Corrie drug dealer, has been jailed for possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Hargreaves, 48, who played a number of different roles in the long-running soap in the 1980s and 1990s, also appeared in shows such as Inspector Morse and Hollyoaks.

However, it was as gangster Carl Foster in Coronation Street, who caused the death of popular character Des Barnes in 1998, that he was best known.

When acting work dried up, Hargreaves became involved in organised crime and after a police raid at his home in Manchester a large quantity of cannabis and cash was discovered.

A total of £38,000 (€47,000) in cash was found in bags and drawers around the house and it was discovered that over €20,000 had been laundered through his children's bank accounts.

Hargreaves was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for possessing 3kg of cannabis and money laundering.

Hargreaves as Carl Foster in the soap (Image via Corrie.net)