A judge launched a scathing attack on drug dealers targeting Scarborough for rich pickings after yet another man was jailed for his part in a heroin and cocaine-dealing ring.
Arron Lewis, 24, from Merseyside, was part of a major Class A supply network which flooded the streets of Scarborough with high-strength heroin and crack cocaine.
I’ve lost count of the number of defendants (from Liverpool) I have had to sentence for drug crimes in Scarborough.Judge Stephen Ashurst
He was caught out when police raided a flat in Scarborough where they found 50g of the potentially-lethal drugs.
Lewis and 31-year-old Christopher Watt - described as a “dyed-in-the-wool addict” - were arrested and charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs between November 2014 and January this year.
Lewis, of Grafton Street, Liverpool, was also charged with two counts of possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply.
Watt, of Gildercliffe, was jailed for four years earlier this month for six drug-supply offences and a burglary in which he nodded off while high on drugs and was found slumped in a chair by the home owners.
He and Lewis - himself a drug addict at the time - were ensnared by a police operation to bust a Transpennine drug-dealing circle orchestrated in Liverpool.
Three weeks ago, Lewis appeared in the dock at York Crown Court along with six other dealers from Scarborough who had been caught out in a separate undercover police operation to smash a heroin-dealing ring.
Each of the dealers was jailed, the longest sentence handed to Scarborough man David O’Neill, of Billow Drive, who was ordered to serve four-and-a-half years.
Lewis’s sentence was adjourned and he appeared in court this week to learn of his fate.
Prosecutor Simon Kealey said Lewis had travelled from Liverpool to hook up with “desperate” addicts and supply street-level dealers under orders from his drug masters in Merseyside.
But he was busted when police raided Watt’s flat on January 10 and found drug packages with a street value of about £7,000. They also found a mobile phone which
Lewis had used to communicate with his drug bosses in Liverpool.
In February last year, Lewis was given a 16-month prison sentence at Preston Crown Court for conspiring to supply cannabis in Barrow, Cumbria. After being released, he turned his attention to Scarborough while still on prison licence.
Judge Stephen Ashurst said it was obvious that Lewis was the “link” between the Merseyside drug gang and suppliers in Scarborough.
He added: “I’ve lost count of the number of defendants (from Liverpool) I have had to sentence for drug crimes in Scarborough. This sort of crime, as you well know, is not solely related to the possession of drugs. There are fall-outs between drug dealers and customers, and violence and theft permeates the trade. I’m afraid this is now a feature of life in Scarborough.”
Lewis was given concurrent jail sentences of 44 months on each of the four drug charges – a total of just under four years.