A man who peddled up to £900 of heroin a day on Lancashire’s streets has been jailed.
David Brown, 49, of Cookson Street, Blackpool, committed the offences out of fear, his defence lawyer told Preston Crown Court.
You know the misery these drugs cause and you decided to spread that misery in order to prolong your own drug use
He was arrested on June 4 this year after police officers executed a warrant at his former flat in Kincraig Road, Bispham.
Jailing him for 28 months, the judge Recorder Hannam said: “I don’t know extent of the coercion you were subjected to but society would expected you to resist.
“You know the misery these drugs cause and you decided to spread that misery in order to prolong your own drug use.”
Paul Cummings, prosecuting, said: “Officers went in and discovered the defendant in one of the bedrooms. He was lying on the bed.
“One officer handcuffed him. For one moment he appeared to have swallowed something and they asked him to spit it out but when they talked to him he had swallowed it.
The property was searched £260 cash was taken from his wallet. There were a quantity of plastic bags, cut offs and foil.
“His phone was also seized together with other items including small scales.
“His phone was examined and there were a number of messages over a month showing that there were many many messages.
“There appears to be instructions given to the holder of the phone to take and distribute quantities of drugs onto the streets.”
Brown, who has been offered a job cleaning in a gym in Bispham, admitted three counts being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine and possession of heroin.