Addict jailed after undercover sting

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A drug addict who sold heroin to an undercover police officer has been jailed for six years.

Andrew Clark sold wraps of the drug, for £10 each, on three dates in November and December last year.

The 54-year-old, of Foxhall Road, central Blackpool, had pleaded guilty to three charges of supplying and was sentenced at Preston Crown Court yesterday.

The offences took place on November 23, December 18 and December 19 last year.

Lisa Bakker, prosecuting, said that on each occasion the undercover officer would pay £10 for the drugs.

Clark and the officer would meet up after the policeman would ring a phone number attributed to someone called Andy.

The defendant was picked out by two people, through an ID procedure.

In March this year he was seen on Foxhall Road and arrested.

The court heard he had previous drug-related offences on his record.

He therefore stood to get a minimum seven-year prison term, with time taken off for a guilty plea.

Peter Horgan, defending, said Clark had been a drug addict for 30 years.

He said: “These offences clearly were conducted to allow him to continue to abuse Class A drugs, to provide him with a small amount of money.

“He throws himself upon the mercy of the court.

“He has been in custody now for three months.

“He is making some use of that, managing to stay on a methadone prescription and not using drugs in prison, which for him, is something of an achievement”.