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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Barrow heroin dealer jailed with help from tip-off

A HEROIN dealer has been jailed for more than five years after a tip-off from a member of the public launched an undercover sting by drug squad.

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Detective Constable Jamie Eaton said it was due to such valuable information that Barrow’s streets had one less pusher of Class A drugs.

Yesterday Andrew Paul Finley was jailed for five years and seven months at Burnley Crown Court after he admitted possession with intent to supply £3,000 worth of heroin on June 4, 2013.

DC Eaton explained: “This came to light when a member of the public came forward after finding some drugs in bushes in Highfield Road, Barrow.

“We launched an undercover operation and Andrew Finley was found to be the owner of the items.”

The officer said that the drugs, with a street value of £3,000 and £1,300 in cash were found in small plastic food storage containers and the 45-year-old of Highfield Road was arrested

The detective said: “Finley has now been convicted four times of drug supply and this offence was committed while he was on prison licence for supply in 2009. He has now got another lengthy sentence.

“Those people intent on dealing must realise that we will target them.

“The public helped us in this case and they really do play a big part in helping us and are really influential in some of our cases.

“It may appear to be something minor but could be marginally more important as this case proved.

“From the snippet of information we received in this case Andrew Finley is serving a sentence of more than five years.”

If you have seen anything suspicious call the drug squad or any officer at Barrow police station on 101.

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