Cramlington heroin and crack dealer jailed for peddling misery

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A heroin and crack dealer has been imprisoned for trafficking in poverty.

Karl Weatherstone was caught with a large amount of Class A drugs when police raided his home. A court heard when officers raided his flat on March 11 this year, he threw a life sack at their feet and told them ‘this is what you are looking for’.

But a search of his home revealed other drugs. In total they found 60.8g of high purity crack and 8.9g of heroin, which police valued at around £20,000. They also found drug dealing paraphernalia and £1,250 in cash.

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Now Weatherstone, 30, from Linslade Walk, Cramlington, Northumberland, who has 66 previous convictions, has been jailed for three years at Newcastle Crown Court for possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply.

Detective Inspector Katie Smith, one of the lead investigators, praised the work of the investigative team and reaffirmed our commitment to tackling the drug supply. She said: ‘It has been outstanding policing work by the investigation team, from the gathering of intelligence, the execution of the warrant and the subsequent search of the property. Collectively, this ensured a strong case against the defendant who was successful in court.

“I hope this sends a strong message that the work to tackle the drug supply in our communities will not stop and that we have intelligence coming in every day to help us target offenders.”

Liam O’Brien, defending, said: “He had a rough start to life and he was in and out of prison at an early age. His life spun out of control and he was looking to pay his debts. Everything profit was not to finance a life of luxury, they were to obtain other drugs for its own use.”

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