Redundancy led to man dealing drugs

Drug dealer Craig Moss
Drug dealer Craig Moss

A SCARBOROUGH man who turned to dealing class A drugs after he was made redundant has been jailed for two years.

Craig Moss, 30, of no fixed abode, was found with 27 wraps of heroin and 40 wraps of crack cocaine on December 9 last year.

York Crown Court, sitting at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court, heard that Moss had been supplied with the drugs by Manchester gangsters, who were “keen to muscle in on the Scarborough drugs scene”.

John-Paul Swoboda, prosecuting, said that Moss had been observed by a police intelligence officer selling the substances.

When he was subsequently stopped by police on a Scarborough railway bridge, he said “you may as well have these” and produced the drugs from his waistband.

Moss told police in an interview that he had been dealing for two months to feed his £40-a-day heroin addiction.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and two counts of supplying class A drugs at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on December 10.

The court heard that Moss’ life had “gone into freefall” after he lost his job at a Scarborough steel factory, where he worked for four years, and was kicked out of his parents’ home.

Mr Swoboda added: “He would be given £500 packages made up of £10 and £20 wraps of heroin and crack.

“He received £100 per day in cash, drugs, or a combination of both.”

Taryn Turner, representing Moss, said her client had been a heroin addict for several years, but that he had always financed his habit himself, before he was made redundant due to the recession.

She added: “He had been gainfully employed for the past 12 years. He is certainly not work shy.

“However he was made redundant and his parents, who were at their wits’ end, turfed him out because they could no longer deal with his drugs usage.

“He began sofa-surfing and groups from Manchester began to use the defendant as a conduit for the supply of illicit drugs to Scarborough. He fell in with the wrong crowd.

“Since he was convicted he has found himself in a custodial environment for the first time.

“For a man of his intellect that has been extremely difficult to cope with but he acknowledges what he was doing was wrong.”

Asking Recorder Deborah Sherwin to suspend a custodial sentence, Mrs Turner said that since her client was remanded in custody, he had got a job in prison as a cleaner and was making good progress in his battle to overcome his addiction.

She also said Moss had rebuilt his relationship with his parents, who were willing to take him back into the family home and attended court in support of their son.

However, Recorder Sherwin said she had no choice but to impose an immediate prison sentence.

She said: “The root of your problems is your use of drugs. The offences are so serious that there is no possibility of avoiding an immediate sentence. However, I will take into account the fact that this will be your first custodial sentence and your co-operation.

“Particular credit is due because it was you who provided the information that led to the charges of supplying drugs. I have also taken into account that you have done all you can while in custody.”

The 40 days Moss has already served was deducted from the sentence. Recorder Sherwin also ordered the destruction of the heroin and crack cocaine.