A SON who acted as a drugs middle man to try and clear his father’s debt to dealers has been jailed.
Almost £6,000 of Class A drugs were found in Wesley Ianson’s flat on Lord Street, Blackpool.
Preston Crown Court heard his father had gone into hiding, allegedly having run up a debt to suppliers and his son then came under pressure to mind the heroin and crack cocaine.
Ianson, 21, had pleaded guilty to possessing diamorphine (heroin) and crack cocaine with intent to supply. He had also admitted possessing amphetamine.
Police searched the flat on September 13 last year.
Karen Brooks, prosecuting, said two large bags of heroin were found, as well as a large bag of white rocks. The crack cocaine had a high purity of 72 per cent.
The heroin had a street value of £3,430 and there was £2,375 of crack cocaine.
Ianson had £15 worth of amphetamine and three sets of weighing scales were also discovered.
He was jailed for two years and eight months on Wednesday.
Ianson had no previous convictions.
Keith Webster, defending, said: “The defendant has worked, more often than not, in his adult life.
“His father moved, in criminal circles and ran up a debt, owing money to a drug dealer.
“The by-product was the defendant ‘stepped up to the plate’.
“He says he was asked to mind the drugs in a rather forceful manner.
“He says they were only in his possession for a matter of days.
“He was asked not only to mind them, but to forward them wherever he was directed to.”
Judge Jacqueline Beech said Ianson had acted as a middle man, with a responsibility for providing drugs and passing them onto suppliers.
She also told him: “You have managed to avoid sinking into criminality, until now.
“It is a tragedy you have lost your good character.”
PC Matt Hornby, Claremont’s community beat manager, told The Gazette: “This sentencing sends out a fantastic message that it won’t be tolerated, especially not in the Claremont area.
“This is proof that if the information comes in we can get results like this.”