Persistent criminal Christopher Ollerhead jailed for four years
PERSISTENT criminal Christopher Ollerhead has been jailed for four years and three months for selling class A drugs.
The 25-year-old – who has a lengthy record including a previous conviction for supplying drugs – was arrested by police on an unrelated matter on November 18 last year.
And while at the police station he was searched and found with class A drugs.
Police found Ollerhead with:
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2.07 grams of heroin in six packages, with a street value of £120;
Ten wraps of crack cocaine, weighing 4.77 grams;
£225 in cash;
A mobile phone which contained messages relating to the supply of drugs.
In his police interview Ollerhead, of no fixed address, accepted possessing the drugs but claimed they were for personal use.
But he failed to attend his trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court last month.
Ollerhead later pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply, possessing cannabis and failing to surrender to bail.
He was also in breach of a suspended sentence for theft. In 2001, Ollerhead, who was 14 and living in Sneyd Green, became the first juvenile to be handed an Anti-social Behaviour Order in Stoke-on-Trent.
Robert Smith, mitigating, said Ollerhead had become desperate.
He said: "He is a heavy drug user of some standing. He uses a cocktail of drugs. He could not get by.
"Desperate to fund his drug habit he fell into a trap of selling to pre-existing heroin and crack cocaine users to fund his own drug habit. He was desperate. It is now something he bitterly regrets."
Mr Smith told the court that Ollerhead has battled with a heroin addiction for a number of years and is unable to overcome it.
He added: "This was street dealing, not to fund an extravagant lifestyle, just to get by, to deal with the ravages of an addiction."
Judge Paul Glenn said it was an aggravating feature that Ollerhead has committed similar offences in the past. He jailed him for four years and three months for the drugs matters. And he implemented 24 weeks of the suspended sentence the defendant received for theft from a person and four weeks, consecutive, for the Bail Act offence.
Judge Glenn told Ollerhead: "You have a long record of offending.
"You are a persistent criminal and have been since the age of 11.
"You have a history of offending while subject to court orders and breaching court orders. It is not unjust to implement the suspended sentence.
"You were in possession of diamorphine and crack cocaine which was divided into packages and was plainly going to be sold.
"You also had cash and a mobile containing incriminating text messages and a small amount of cannabis.
"You knew full well the serious view that courts take of involvement in class A drugs supply."
Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Judge Glenn certified Ollerhead's benefit was £520, the accepted value of the drugs, and made a confiscation order for £225.