Guilty to drug-dealing

TWO men have pleaded guilty to dealing drugs.

Hartlepool men Peter Stead and Lee Fucile have admitted possessing amphetamines with intent to supply.

Stead, 28, of the town’s Forfar Road, also admitted possessing a quantity of heroin. All three charges are said to have taken place on June 10.

Richard Wilson, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said Stead’s basis of plea was that he was a runner for other people to pay off a drugs debt.

He said Fucile’s plea was on the basis of his police interview, in which he said he was a “warehouseman” for a person he wouldn’t name who had dropped off the drugs 90 minutes before.

Mr Wilson asked for seven days for the Crown Prosecution Service to consider the basis of pleas or whether a Newton hearing, which aims to resolve factual issues, would be required.

The pair are expected to be sentenced on June 10.

Stead and Fucile, 38, of Garston Grove, Hartlepool, were granted unconditional bail.