Fenton heroin addict Gary Brough jailed for selling drugs to friends
UNEMPLOYED Gary Brough has been jailed for three years after dealing Class A drugs to fund his £70-a-week heroin addiction.
Police targeted Brough's drug-dealing operation after raiding his rented Fenton home in January.
They found the 37-year-old had been supplying heroin to friends for the previous month.
Fiona Cortese, prosecuting, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday: "The defendant tried to stop officers from entering the property and he was arrested after a short struggle."
Police found heroin with a street value of £1,024 in Brough's Victoria Road home, along with £636 of crack cocaine.
Brough admitted possessing cocaine and dealing heroin to known drug users over a one-month period.
Stuart Muldoon, mitigating, said: "My client believes getting arrested was a blessing to him.
"He has thrown himself in to rehabilitation and gone over and above what is required of him."
But Brough – who attended court with a bag of belongings – was still jailed.
Jailing Brough, Judge Robert Trevor-Jones said: "People who cross the line into supplying Class A drugs have to go to prison."
Police today welcomed Brough's prison sentence.
Chief Inspector Mark Dean, commander of Stoke-on-Trent South Local Policing Team, said: "Another drug dealer has been taken off the streets of Stoke-on-Trent. We are committed to targeting those involved in such crime and the anti-social behaviour which comes with it."
Anyone with information about drug dealing should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.