Longridge cocaine addict is jailed

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A COCAINE addict caught with the Class A drug at his Longridge address was intending to supply to friends in order to feed his habit.

Robert Wareing was at home when police arrived to search the premises.

A cash bag containing sixteen smaller bags of white powder was in the front room. More cocaine was found in a bedroom safe that also contained items including digital weighing scales and snap seal bags.

It was estimated that the drugs, weighing over eighteen grammes in all, would have been worth between 700 and 1,550.

Wareing, 25, of Kestor Lane, Longridge, was given 40 months jail by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

Police carried out a search at the defendant's then address on Mersey Street, Longridge, in May last year.

Mr Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said Wareing was in the front room when police arrived one evening to search for drugs.

When asked if there were any drugs on the premises, Wareing immediately pointed to a package on the mantelpiece.

Officers recovered a cash bag containing another sixteen small bags.

In answer to a police question, he indicated the white powder was cocaine, with about one gramme in each bag.

More cocaine was found in a bedroom safe, along with other items associated with drugs.

In the house police found a list of names and amounts which the Crown regarded as a "dealer list".

He admitted in his basis of plea to the court that he was supplying to friends.

Wareing was a man of previous good character, the court heard. He told police the drugs had cost him 750 and he used the drug in the evening to 'chill out' or 'wind down'.

Mr Michael Murray, defending, asked the court not to send Wareing to prison.

He said: "He knows full well the usual sentence in cases like these is immediate prison, largely as an out and out punishment for dealing in pernicious substances.''

Counsel said Wareing had intended to supply the cocaine to a small group of friends, in order to fund his own addiction.

Mr Murray said: "It is not a question of him making thousands upon thousands of pounds by a well organised set up which provides him with a good lifestyle, as is often the case. The defendant is very much right at the bottom end of the scale.''

He added that the defendant was working on his drug rehabilitation and would come out "cleansed'' at the other end.