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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Barrow man dealt drugs to make money before Christmas

A CASH-STRAPPED Barrow man who peddled drugs to try and make some money before Christmas has been jailed for 20 months.

Christopher Parkinson was caught in possession of a kilo-and-a-half of amphetamine paste. Cannabis was also discovered at his mother’s address when officers executed a search warrant.

Sending him to jail, the judge in the case told the 26-year-old he had exposed his mother and family to a police search.

Parkinson, of Earle Street, Barrow, had been committed by magistrates for sentencing at crown court, having admitted two offences of possessing drugs with intent to supply, plus two of supplying.

Mr Francis McEntee, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said police executed a search warrant at an address at Conway Gardens, Barrow, on December 5 last year. The defendant was present at the time.

Behind a board in the kitchen, officers found a plastic container that had just over a kilo of amphetamine inside.

A zip-locked bag was found that had a smaller amount of ampehtamine in it. Another container was found that had some amphetamine.

Police also recovered two bags containing cannabis. Some cash was also seized. Phones were found, as well as what appeared to be a “tick list”.

The prosecution said the amphetamine was in paste form and weighed just over one and a half kilos.

The drug had a low quality though, 7% concentration. It was thought the amphetamine may have been worth up to £13,000.

Parkinson admitted to police that he had been supplying the drugs to raise money in the run-up to Christmas. He admitted it had been his operation and insisted he had not been taking responsibility for others.

Mr Richard Bennett, defending, said although the defendant had a formidable record, he had no similar convictions on his record.

Mr Bennett added: “Financial difficulties accumulating around Christmas were behind the offences. He has been foolish to get involved in this.’’

“The drugs were very low in purity. A valuation has been put on them,on the basis of normal street price. If this had been a proceeds of crime hearing, then the valuation would have been challenged.”

Judge Heather Lloyd accepted in sentencing that Parkinson had no previous drug offences and had kept out of trouble for two years.

In addition to the 20-month jail term, Parkinson was also She told him "You had a very large quantity of amphetamine and a
quantity of cannabis for supply, stashed away in your mother's home.

"You exposed her and the family living with her to a police search and questioning by police, as I understand it.

"You are not a drug addict. You don't even look like one and yet to make money, you peddled drugs, which inevitably cause misery to others.

"Many people find themselves in serious financial difficulty, particularly at Christmas time. Most don't resort to selling drugs.

"One reason for being short of cash is that your benefits were stopped because you failed to attend the Job Centre. You committed these offences well knowing what the consequences would be for you .

"You must understand and I think you do, that anyone who sells drugs over a period of time with such quantities as this must understand a custodial sentence is inevitable".

He was told to pay a £100 statutory surcharge.

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