Blackpool dealer who sold drugs for man called 'Scouse Tommy' must do unpaid work
A man who dealt drugs to undercover officers on behalf of a dealer nicknamed Scouse Tommy has avoided an immediate jail term after a court was told he had a "significant prospect of being rehabilitated".
Dad-of-one Timothy James Dawson, 41, of Northumberland Street, Blackpool must also do 150 hours of unpaid work.
Preston Crown Court heard he was arrested during a long term covert Lancashire Police operation targeting class A drug supply in Blackpool, involving undercover officers going to areas they know are frequented by drug users and befriending them to get the phone numbers of local dealers
Prosecuting, Fraser Livesey said in December 2019 an officer was given a number for a dealer known as 'Scouse Tommy', and arranged to buy "two dark and one white" - two wraps of heroin and one of crack cocaine.
Scouse Tommy told him where to go and where to wait.
Eventually Dawson appeared and after going to a quiet area he handed over the wraps of drugs in exchange for a £20 note.
Defending, Chris Hudson asked Recorder Michael Maher to suspend the prison term to allow him to be rehabilitated, pointing out Dawson had been drug free since Christmas, and had limited previous convictions.
He moved to the resort when his younger brother settled in Blackpool to work in a club as a drag queen.
Imposing 18 months, suspended for 18 months, Recorder Maher said:" This has been a long term operation.
"The officer, using pseudonym of Robbie, telephoned the drugs line and telephoned a number, Scouse Tommy 2, to purchase heroin and cocaine.
"The prosecution accept there was an individual called Scouse Tommy and that individual was a man called McCullom whose MO was to use addicts as his runners to shield himself from the exposure of being arrested.
"You claimed you'd only been doing it for 24 hours and however cynical I am about that, the only evidence comes from you. On your account business was plainly booming because you'd supplied about 50 wraps in that time. You say you were paid in drugs to feed your addiction."
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