TWO men who carried out a drug delivery service in and around Blackpool have been jailed.
Preston Crown Court heard how David Haslam and Phil Holborn were caught out by a team of police officers investigating drugs suspected of being brought in from the Manchester area.
One of them was caught in possession of heroin and cocaine – and had swallowed more of the narcotics. His accomplice had acted as chauffeur as they made their way to various addresses.
Haslam, 26, of Berrie Grove, Levenshulme, Manchester, and Holborn, also 26, of Princess Court, Manchester had admitted possessing crack cocaine and diamorphine with intent to supply.
They were arrested at the beginning of April but their crimes had been going on for a number of weeks by that stage.
Paul Brookwell, prosecuting, said a Renault Megane they were travelling in was seen to leave the M55 and head to an address in the resort.
Haslam approached a stairwell and was stopped by officers. Holborn was arrested while sat in the driver’s seat.
Haslam was found to have a quantity of drugs on him. He had swallowed some to avoid further detection but they were later recovered at Blackpool Police Station. In all the drugs had a street value of more than £2,200.
Mr Brookwell said deliveries were made to places including Woodland Grove, Blackpool; Beach Road, Cleveleys and Munster Avenue and Braemar Walk in Bispham.
Anthony Morris, defending for Haslam, said his client had become trapped after naively accepting drugs for free at the start. He added: “He was being put under threat. He was almost a courier.”
Edward Moss, in defence of Holborn, said he had played a subordinate role but knew a lengthy prison sentence would follow.
Jailing the pair for two years and eight months each, Judge Stuart Baker said: “There was clearly pre-ordering of drugs and mobile phone traffic taking place. A delivery service was then provided.”