A DRUG dealer who stashed heroin and crack cocaine in chocolate eggs has been jailed.
John McQueen was watched by police as he visited a number of addresses in Blackpool with Kinder Eggs stuffed with drugs.
McQueen, 43, of Richmond Road, St Annes, pleaded guilty to one charge of supplying drugs and two others of possessing drugs with intent to supply.
A judge at Preston Crown Court sentenced him to a total of three years and four months prison.
Eric Lamb, prosecuting, said police were keeping McQueen under observation last November.
He was seen to drive to a meeting near the M61 at Chorley. He later returned home and was seen to drive to Blackpool, before visiting a number of addresses.
One such address was on Palatine Road where a woman got into his car before later getting out and McQueen driving off.
When she was stopped, she was found to be in possession of heroin.
On November 18 McQueen was again watched as he visited a number of addresses in Blackpool.
He ended up parking up outside an address on Hornby Road.
Police found he had two knotted socks.
Mr Lamb told the court “One of the socks had two Kinder Eggs containing crack cocaine and heroin.
“The other sock contained two eggs. One had six bags of heroin and the other three bags of crack cocaine”.
The case was said to involve a total of 28 packages of heroin worth £280, plus 52 packages of crack cocaine, with a value of £520.
McQueen had previous convictions for drug possession, but none for supplying.
Julie Taylor, defending, said, after a lengthy drug problem in the past, McQueen had managed to get himself clean for a period.
Unfortunately, in a difficult time last year he relapsed into drug taking, spending up to £30 a day on heroin.
He built up a significant drug debt.
Miss Taylor explained: “By November, he was under extreme pressure to pay off that debt.
“He had been threatened with physical violence, had been the victim of violence and had seen violence used against others.
“He believed those threats were genuine. He succumbed to them to pay off his debts.
“He became a runner, collecting drugs and then delivering them to other addresses and on occasions, dealing.
“It is something he now bitterly regrets”.
Judge Norman Wright told McQueen: “You know how the drugs business works. You know there are no Mr Nice Guys who sell drugs.
“You know what happens to people who owe money and have pressure and violence inflicted on them.
“You were not someone innocently trapped into this. You became, as it were, a knowledgeable victim”.