A drug addict who was caught dealing heroin on the streets of South Yorkshire has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Long standing heroin user Craig Lawton, aged 34, was arrested by police officers after he was seen selling drugs in a Barnsley town centre surveillance operation.
Stephanie Hollis, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said police became suspicious when they saw a woman called Sarah Lynch counting money in an alleyway near Waterloo Road.
Lawton was seen to enter the alleyway and hand over items to Lynch.
She was stopped and searched and found to be carrying two cling film wraps containing £30 worth of heroin.
She was later prosecuted at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court for possession, said Miss Hollis.
Lawton, of Lancaster Street, Barnsley, was arrested after police searched an address in Parker Street, belonging to his friend and found drug dealing materials including food bags, cling film, foil, and 12 wraps of heroin.
Lawton was also at the property.
Miss Hollis said Lawton made no reply in his police interview, but later admitted he was dealing to friends and acquaintances to pay off a drugs debt.
Lawton admitted supplying a controlled drug of Class A and possessing heroin with intent to supply.
Andrew Smith, defending, said Lawton was ‘engaged by pressure’.
“He has become involved through his own stupidity.
“He owed a significant amount to his own dealer.”
Mr Smith said Lawton was a long-standing drug user and started taking drugs again after his marriage broke down and his Polish wife returned to her homeland.
He lost his job as a forklift truck driver after his wife and son left the country.
He started to deal to friends and acquaintances he knew through his own drug use.
Jailing him Judge Julian Goose QC said: “These are serious offences. “The real mischief is that you are a long term addict. You know the harm it causes, you know the damage that it does and yet you found yourself selling it to other people.”