Dealers jailed for supplying cocaine

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Two men have been jailed for their part in supplying cocaine to addicts.

A judge said Steven Hadgraft had been in the “directing line” of the operation.

He was sentenced to four years prison.

The 34-year-old of Preston Street, Fleetwood had admitted a charge of being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

The other man, Robert Emlay, had been contacted by Hadgraft and given addresses for him to carry out drug deliveries.

A judge at Preston Crown Court gave him three years jail at a sentencing hearing.

Emlay, 50, of The Croft, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to one offence of being concerned in supplying cocaine and one of possessing the drug with intent to supply.

The charges covered a period from December 2011 to March 2012.

Also appearing at the crown court was Hadgraft’s wife Lisa, 27, who had admitted one offence of supplying cocaine. She was given a suspended sentence order.

Amanda Johnson, prosecuting, said a search warrant was executed at the Hadgrafts’ home on March 9, 2012.

Officers found three ‘tick lists’. One appeared to have been ripped up.

Text messages were found on Steven Hadgraft’s phone.

Ms Johnson said: “There had been a lot of contact over a period of time with someone called ‘Big Rob’.

“Customers would contact Steven Hadgraft, requesting cocaine. He would then text Big Rob, specifying the quantity and delivery address.”

Emlay was in possession of drugs. Cocaine was found under some paving stones.

Hadgraft said he was struggling financially at the time.

The deliveries increased, but he had not realised at the start that he was delivering cocaine. He thought it was legal highs.

Lisa Hadgraft admitted she supplied cocaine to two friends. Before hearing mitigation for her, the judge said she had no previous convictions and he was prepared to give her a suspended sentence.

She received 12 months prison, suspended for a year, with 12 months supervision and a three-month electronic curfew, to run from 10pm-6am each night.

Paul Humphries, representing her husband, said 
Steven Hadgraft’s father had died in November 2011.

He struggled to cope with that and had started drinking too much and using drugs again.

He got into debt and one way of paying that debt was to help regarding the supply of cocaine.

Mr Humphries said: “He knew people who took cocaine. He was able to direct a man with cocaine to those people,” the barrister told the court.

“Phones show there was dealing in cocaine and steroids.

“He wasn’t making large amounts of money in this case.”

Mr Humphries added complaints have been made to police about an axe posted through Hadgraft’s front door, a man outside the house with a large knife or machete and his brother’s car being attacked and the tyres slashed.

It was suggested that Emlay was responsible.

Richard Dawson, for Emlay, said his client had suffered a long time from what he thought was arthritis. However, it had been diagnosed as a discs problem in his neck.

The background to his case was that the defendant and his wife had fallen into financial problems.

Mr Dawson said: “He was presented with an opportunity to make money. He grasped it with both hands, not fully appreciating the ramifications of what he was doing.

“Within a relatively short period of time he realised exactly what he was doing and continued. He hoped to do it until the debt was cleared and then intended to stop.”