Man sold heroin to fund drug habit

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.
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A man who sold heroin to fund his own drug habit has been jailed for two and a half years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Gavin Pell was arrested in August last year after police raided his flat in Chapel Yard in Stamford and found 25 wraps which contained heroin bulked out with paracetamol and caffeine.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said that Pell was not present during the search but was later traced by officers.

Two mobile phones were seized from him and found to contain text messages which indicated he had been dealing in drugs for several months.

When Pell was interviewed he admitted he had been selling around 35 deals every three days and confessed that he had been dealing for six or seven months.

Pell,39, of Chapel Yard, North Street, Stamford, admitted supplying drugs and possession of drugs with intent to supply.

Jailing him on Friday last week, Judge Michael Heath said: “You were selling heroin to feed your own habit.

“If you sell Class A drugs then you have to go to prison immediately.”

Chris Milligan, defending, said Pell suffered serious health problems earlier this year which resulted in him being admitted to Papworth Hospital where he underwent heart surgery.

Mr Milligan said: “He was in a coma and there was a realistic fear that he would not recover.

“He had a bacterial infection of his heart. He had to have a pacemaker fitted and one of the valves in his heart had to be replaced. He was in hospital for three months.

“That provided a full detox from drug. He says he has not had any drugs since then.”

He urged that Pell should receive a suspended jail sentence rather than go to prison immediately.