Warning by judge to drug sellers

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A MAN has been jailed after selling heroin and cocaine on the streets of Scarborough to clear his own drug debts.

York Crown Court heard how Liam Ross, 21, was grabbed off the streets of Liverpool and bundled into a car, before being taken to Scarborough to start selling Class “A” drugs.

Ross was then set up in a flat in Eastborough and told to peddle heroin and cocaine in the seaside town.

During his court case Helen Wheatley, prosecuting, told how over one weekend in April Ross sold around 200 wraps of the drugs, with a value of around £1,500.

He was said to have been frank with the police about the drugs when he was arrested on another matter.

Ross, who has no previous convictions, appeared before the court on Tuesday for sentencing having previously admitted two charges of supplying the drugs and two of possessing them with intent to supply.

Miss Wheatley said that it was accepted that Ross had been dealing in drugs in order to work off his own £10,000 drug debt.

Taryn Turner, mitigating, said that her client had been intimidated and manipulated by others more criminal than himself.

Passing sentence The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said that a message had to be sent out to drug dealers, particularly to those on the other side of The Pennines, wanting to set up business in Scarborough that punishment will follow.

He added that in the past few months he had had to deal with several cases involving drug dealers attempting to flood the town with Class “A” drugs from Merseyside.

Ross was jailed for two years.