Dealer's heroin stash would have brought 'misery' to so many
DRUG dealer Jamie Walsh has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after police found stashes of heroin that would have brought "misery" to many people.
Walsh, 40, of Rowston Street, Cleethorpes, denied possessing 18.6g of heroin with intent to supply on December 7 but was convicted by a jury at Grimsby Crown Court after a trial.
The court heard that police visited Walsh's home with a warrant to search the property. They found heroin with a purity of 18 per cent and a street value of more than £900.
They also found drug paraphernalia, including foil, cut-up freezer bags for use as deal bags, weighing scales and lists of names and numbers of other known drug users, with cash figures at the side of each of the names.
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Officers had been approached, while searching Walsh's property, by William Barker, who asked: "Is Jamie in?" When asked what he wanted, he said: "Two." When the officer identified himself, he took a while to reply but claimed he was asking about two pornographic DVDs.
Walsh repeatedly told police that the heroin was for personal use and that he would smoke up to two grams a day. He said had been involved in a road accident months earlier and was due £5,500 compensation.
Walsh claimed he did not pay for the 18.6 grams of heroin but would do so when he had the money from the compensation claim. He claimed the accident left him with ulcers of the leg and he used the drug to help with pain relief.
Recorder Peter Babb told Walsh: "Dealing heroin in the way that you do brings misery to a large number of people, not only the addicts, but the families of these people and other people who are affected by the activities people use to get these drugs."
Robert Sandford, defending, said Walsh denied that he had dealer lists and claimed they were records of a Monopoly game played between two of his friends at his home.
"Only £110 cash was found on a coffee table," said Mr Sandford.
"I would have thought there would be larger sums of money in this house if he was dealing from there. Scales are used for weighing out deals for customers, but he wanted to weigh out measures for his personal use.
"You would expect to find deals prepared but there was none. No debris was found on any other bags."