User sold heroin to feed habit and raise cash for holiday
HEROIN user Mark Wood has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after he sold the class-A drug.
The 42-year-old volunteered to officers he had heroin hidden on his person when they went to his home in Honeywall, Stoke, on July 8 last year.
Prosecutor Paul Spratt yesterday told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court police also recovered scales and other equipment used by drug users and those dealing drugs.
Wood's mobile phone was examined and a message indicating he had drugs for sale was found. In total police recovered 11.5 grams of powder containing heroin with a 26 per cent purity. It had a street value of £760.
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Wood pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to supply on a basis his own habit had increased rapidly. He accepted he would have supplied heroin to anyone who asked him.
Peter McCartney, mitigating, said Wood had used heroin since he was aged 16. But in recent months he had provided negative samples.
Judge Paul Glenn gave Wood credit for the efforts he has made to get off heroin since last July.
But he told the defendant: "You told police you wanted to get a bit of extra cash for a holiday and to feed your habit. You were injecting a gram a day."
Judge Glenn added: "Heroin is highly addictive. It causes a lot of problems, including the health problems you now have. People need to offend to finance their addiction."