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Dealer put pressure on addict over debts

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: April 21, 2011

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A STAFFORD heroin addict forced to become a pusher to pay his drug debts has been jailed for two years.

Police carried out a search raid on the home of Daniel Wheat after reports of suspicious activity at the house, Stafford crown court heard.

The defendant was inside and he had a plastic package sticking out from his anus, said Miss Laura Hobson, prosecuting.

When he was told he was being taken to hospital to have it removed, he took it out voluntarily. In it was £20 worth of crack cocaine and 15 wraps of heroin with a street value of £150.

Also seized were a set of digital scales and a mobile phone that revealed text messages relating to drug deals over a four month period between December 2009 and March last year.

Wheat, aged 28, of Sidney Avenue, Stafford admitted possessing drugs with intent to supply and possession of crack.

Judge John Maxwell told him: "Your record is typical of a drug addict committing crime to pay for drugs, but it is small-time." Mark Sheppard, defending, said Wheat was put under considerable pressure by his dealer, because of the drug debts he had built up. He was aiming to beat his drug addiction and intended to move away from the area when released.

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