Outsiders were dominating the drugs trade in Scarborough at the time a local man was found dealing in heroin on behalf of a gang of Liverpudlians, a court was told last Thursday.
A police raid on his New Queen Street home found 53-year-old Haydn Nessbert sitting with others, surrounded by packets of the drug.
Officers saw the long-time addict attempting to hide some of the 34 packets and ramming others in his mouth during the raid on March 20, this year.
York Crown Court heard Nessbert, an addict since the age of 13, had been stabbed on a previous occasion by members of a Liverpudlian gang after having flushed a large quantity of their drugs down a toilet during an earlier raid.
As a result of owing the gang £3,000, Nessbert was placed under pressure by the gang on his release from prison to keep further heroin and push it to other local people.
The court heard Nessbert has 36 previous convictions for 69 offences, having been jailed in the past for supplying heroin and cocaine.
He appeared for sentencing, having previously pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply.
Christopher Dunn, mitigating, asked the court to take into account the influence his client had been placed under, adding that at time of the offence “the drugs trade on Scarborough was dominated by outsiders”.
Jailing Nessbert for three years, The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said the court was fully aware of the influence of those from Merseyside on crime in Scarborough, long sentences having been passed on dealers from the west. Adding that he recognised Nessbert had been placed under considerable pressure by those higher up on the drug supply chain, the judge also noted the defendant had expressed in a letter a determination to break his addiction while serving this latest prison sentence.