A man has told a court he turned to drug dealing on Blackpool’s streets after people he bought drugs from held a knife to his throat over a debt.
Christopher Arrandale, 35, of Halford Place, Anchorsholme, is starting a two year and four month prison term after judge Recorder John Corless refused to suspend his jail term.
All the time the police were talking to him the phone was ringing or messages were being received
Arrandale took to the witness stand at Preston’s Sessions House court to tell the judge he was given a choice of “being cut” or dealing drugs to pay for his heroin and cocaine debt to people from Liverpool.
He said he had moved to Blackpool for a “fresh start” after being convicted of offences in the south, but had fallen into drugs.
The court heard he was stop searched in Middle Walk, Blackpool, near the Hilton hotel at 4.45pm on June 29, and was found to have two mobile phones.
Prosecuting, Hanifa Patel said: “All the time the police were talking to him the phone was ringing or messages were being received.
“He was arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and on the way to the police station pulled a package from his clothing and handed it to officers.
“It contained 12 bags of cocaine and 10 bags of heroin.”
“His property was searched and further mobile phones were found.”
Defending, Daniel Harman said he had been subjected to threats of violence and added: “His record has all the hallmarks of someone with a Class A drug addiction.
“ He’s trying to get himself clean.”
Arrandale admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.