Three years for addicted crack dealer

Christopher Teasdale has been jailed for three years.

Christopher Teasdale has been jailed for three years.

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A BLACKPOOL man who sold crack cocaine to other drug users after falling into difficulties through his own addiction is today waking up behind bars.

Christopher Teasdale was arrested after police found a haul of drugs in a property where he and around three other people were present earlier this year.

A number of small packages uncovered by officers turned out to be crack cocaine, with each of the bags being worth between £50 and £100.

The 50-year-old defendant, of St Heliers Road, South Shore, had pleaded guilty to a charge of being concerned in the supply of a drug.

Preston Crown Court heard officers found a total of 0.77 grammes of crack cocaine.

They also discovered £325 in cash in a purse as well as a mobile phone which contained some messages related to drug supplying.

Rachel Woods, defending, said Teasdale had managed to keep out of trouble for the last 12 years or so.

She told the court he had not faced the prospect of an immediate jail term for some 20 years.

Miss Woods explained the defendant had fallen into difficulties because of his addiction to crack cocaine in the last two years. She said: “He has made significant efforts to reduce his dependency.”

But the judge, Mr Justice Singh, told Teasdale a prison term had to follow and jailed him for three years.

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