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Jail for addict who sold drugs on street

Benjamin Frape, 26, of Grasmere Road, was caught red handed by police with 54 knotted plastic bags of crack cocaine and heroin.

Benjamin Frape, 26, of Grasmere Road, was caught red handed by police with 54 knotted plastic bags of crack cocaine and heroin.

An addict who turned to selling drugs on the street because of a debt to his supplier has been jailed for more than three years.

Benjamin Frape was caught red handed by police with 54 knotted plastic bags of crack cocaine and heroin.

He had tried to dump drug related items in a garden, but they were recovered. The drugs themselves were found on him.

Frape, 26, of Grasmere Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to charges of possessing the two drugs with intent to supply.

He was committed to Preston Crown Court for sentence for having a bladed article in Westmorland Avenue, in the same incident.

Nick Kennedy, prosecuting, said police spotted the defendant in an alleyway on the morning of December 30 last year.

Frape was carrying a red coloured bag and quickly walked away. A short time later, officers saw him again, this time without the bag.

The bag was found in a nearby garden. It contained drug-related items and a small knife.

The defendant was arrested and was a bit aggressive, the court was told.

A large plastic wrap was recovered from his trousers.

Inside were several smaller brown powder wraps and a white crystallised substance.

Three pairs of scissors, cut off bags and freezer bags were also found.

There were 54 knotted plastic packages in all. Thirty-four of them contained 2.48g of crack cocaine, while another 20 had 3.75g of heroin inside.

“Plainly, the intention was to supply the wraps to local consumers,” added Mr Kennedy.

The offences happened while Frape was on bail for burglary.

Daniel Harman, defending, told the court: “He was going out on to the streets selling drugs. Nobody suggests this was on any great scale.

“It was to pay off a debt. He has been in the grip of a Class A addiction for many years.

“The knife would appear to have been with him for cutting up drugs.”

Frape was jailed for three years for the drug offences, with two weeks on top for a bail offence, plus another 16 weeks from a suspended sentence imposed this year.

Judge Stuart Baker told him: “This was quite indiscriminatory trading.

“Anybody who might well have been willing to come and buy from you, you would have supplied. This was clearly a commercial enterprise. Your role, in my view, was a significant one”.

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