A MAN stopped by police on The Esplanade, Scarborough, was found in possession of 24 wraps of Class A drugs, a court was told.
Darren Chesterton, 41, of Chapel Garth, West Ayton, appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing on one previously admitted charge each of possessing cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.
Michelle Stewart-Lofthouse, prosecuting, said Chesterton was stopped on January 20 last year, but continued to deny the offences until the day of his trial.
She added Chesterton’s eventual guilty pleas were on the basis he was a user of the drugs, had used a rebate from the Department of Work and Pensions to buy them in bulk, and only supplied to user friends when they were short of money and without drugs.
Glenn Parsons, mitigating, said that his client had many personal problems in his life, being diagnosed with either autism or chronic anxiety.
He added that Chesterton had led a peripatetic lifestyle for several years, living in bed and breakfasts, or on friends’ floors.
However, the court heard that since the offences Chesterton had been making positive efforts to get off drugs, move away from the influence of his former associates and was taking a creative writing course.
Passing sentence, The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said that although he recognised the efforts Chesterton had been making, and his psychological difficulties, he had a public duty to recognise the dangers of drug dealing and deal with it appropriately.
He told Chesterton: “You well know from living in the area what a problem Class A drugs are in Scarborough.”
Chesterton was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, while £224.86 found on him at his arrest was ordered to be used towards paying the costs of his prosecution.