A DONCASTER man is today starting a jail sentence of nearly 10 years after his third conviction for dealing in heroin.
Under ‘three strikes and out’ legislation, Gavin Neal Pearson was subject to a minimum term of seven years, which the judge at Doncaster Crown Court reduced to five years and eight months because he admitted the charge straight away.
But because the 33-year-old was still on licence from an 11-year sentence imposed in 2003, Judge Peter Kelson QC ordered him to serve three years and 293 days of that sentence consecutively.
Pearson pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply and separate charges of possessing diazepam tablets and cannabis, when police raided his flat in Shirley Pool Court, Askern, last month.
Prosecutor Mark Kendall said when police executed the warrant they saw Pearson holding a bag containing 147 tablets.
Officers pulled £2,500 in cash from his clothing.
After he sat down he was seen to pick up a parcel which was taken from him by the officers and he admitted it contained ‘smack’ which weighed half-a-kilo, said Mr Kendall.
The street value of the consignment, which he obtained from another dealer, would have been £25,000 and he would expect to make a profit of about £2,600, he told the officers.
The other drugs were said to be for his own use.
Pearson’s first supply conviction was in 1999 and the second in 2003 came as part of a National Crime Squad enquiry, Mr Kendall told the court.
Defence solicitor Richard Haigh said his third conviction for dealing was the result of his long-standing drug problem.
“Having served nearly six years of his last sentence he came out with an intention not to come back to court, but fell out with his girlfriend and lapsed into drug-taking. He had no money, had drug dealers to pay and the slide back into dealing was an extremely likely outcome.”