A MAN caught in possession of nearly 14 grams of heroin has been jailed.
A jury at Preston Crown Court had rejected Wayne Bardsley’s claim the drugs were for him alone.
The court heard the drugs were found in his waistband after police stopped his vehicle in the resort last year.
He also had more than £700 cash on him at the time, plus diazepam tablets.
Bardsley, 39, of George Street, Blackpool, had denied charges of possessing heroin and also diazepam with intent to supply, but had been found guilty following a trial.
David Pojur, prosecuting, said the defendant’s vehicle was stopped in Blackpool on August 30 last year.
He was arrested on an unrelated matter.
He was searched and almost 14 grams of heroin, in bags, was found hidden in his waistband. Police also found 50 diazepam tablets.
Bardsley also had £750 cash with him.
The heroin had a street value of £1,420.
A mobile phone was seized by police and was said to have drug related text messages on it.
Peter Horgan, defending, said his client recognised the offences were serious.
He added: “He is a long term drug user.
“He is not a sophisticated drug dealer.
“The rate and seriousness of his offending has significantly decreased in recent years.”
Over the last two months Bardsley had been on a drug rehabilitation programme as part of a community order.
He was said to have grasped the chance given to him by the magistrates court.
Mr Horgan added “It demonstrates a desire to move his life away from drug offending.”
Sentencing him to four-and-a-half years in prison, Recorder Craig Sephton QC told Bardsley he had concluded the money found in his possession had come from drug dealing.
The judge added: “You claimed the drugs were for your own use.
“The jury properly rejected those lies.
“You were dealing commercially.
“Motivated by financial advantage, you were aware of the scale of the operation you were undertaking.”