Kewbe Tomlinson was driving in Balcombe Road on 6 January when his car was stopped by the Specialist Enforcement Unit following information that it was being used in the supply drugs, police said.
A spokesman added: “In order to gain entry to the car and to preserve any evidence, officers broke the driver’s window and found 36-year-old Tomlinson trying to conceal wraps of drugs by swallowing them.
“They stopped him and he spat them out. He was arrested and taken to hospital to ensure he had not managed to swallow any drugs before being taken to custody.”
A search of the vehicle uncovered 93 wraps of drugs which were revealed to be crack cocaine and heroin worth £1,860.
The spokesman said: “Tomlinson, of Pincott Road, Wimbledon, London, was charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
“He pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to five-and-a-half-years in jail when he appeared at Hove Crown Court on Friday (March 19).”
Inspector Johnny Hartley from the SEU SSWS: “This is an excellent example of teams within the force working together to bring offenders to justice and to keep our communities safe. The tactical options the SEU use allow us to obtain the best evidence and this with the dedicated and thorough investigative work by the West Sussex Community Investigation Team, resulted in Tomlinson pleading guilty to the offences.
“The sentence imposed by the court demonstrates the seriousness of the offence and we will continue to tackle and target those who exploit the vulnerable and commit crime within Sussex.”