Man sold drugs to ‘secret’ cops

Mark Ashworth

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A HEROIN dealer has been locked up after selling drugs to not one but two undercover police officers.

Preston Crown Court heard how Mark Ashworth was caught out by a police drugs operation targeting Fleetwood when he supplied a £10 heroin wrap to an undercover policewoman going by the name of Nicky.

A couple of months later he helped set up the supply of some amphetamine to a colleague of hers known as John.

The 27-year-old, of Southfleet Place, Fleetwood, admitted one charge of supplying a Class A drug and another of being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug.

He appeared at court as a result of Operation Goldfinch carried out in Fleetwood at the end of 2011.

Kirsten McAteer, prosecuting, said “Nicky” came across the defendant one morning in Lord Street, Fleetwood, in October. He indicated he was going to buy drugs.

The woman accompanied him and stayed in the hallway of the address, but handed Ashworth £10 and he gave her a foil wrap of heroin.

The following December undercover officer “John” came across Ashworth with another man in Hatfield Road.

The officer handed the other man £20 to get him some drugs and he was given 2.89 grammes of amphetamine.

Ashworth was arrested in May this year.

Waheed Omran-Baber, defending, said Ashworth cut a “rather pathetic figure”.

On many occasions he had been drug free, but then a cycle would follow of drug use and ending up in court.

The defence added: “Life is easier for him in custody. He can get the help there he requires.”

Judge Stuart Baker handed the defendant a prison term of two years and four months.

He told Ashworth: “You have a long record typical of a drug user and an addict.”