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A HEROIN addict who was jailed for dealing says he knows the drug will kill him unless he quits.
Tony Davis, 41, has been a heroin addict for 15 years and he was arrested for dealing in the centre of Hartlepool.
His lawyer told Teesside Crown Court that Davis is suffering from deep vein thrombosis in his leg.
Jim Withyman said: “He realises that if he does not stop his drug abuse he will no longer be with us.
“He is quite candid that he is still using a small amount of heroin, but he intends to stop.”
Davis says he needs intensive counselling and treatment to stop him.
Mr Withyman added: “This is a cry for help, but the deterioration in his health has led to genuine concerns.
“He expresses a wish to change his ways and to have treatment.”
Prosecutor Rachel Masters said that two police officers arrested Davis and another man on October 14 last year at the junction of Middleton Road and Raby Road after witnessing a drugs transaction taking place.
The other man dropped something on the road which was found to be a package of heroin wraps worth £106, and Davis told the officers “it’s not his fault, I passed him the package.”
Davis agreed that it was street dealing to fund his own habit, but he said that he did not make a profit.
Judge Howard Croswson told Davis: “I take seriously street dealing because that is probably how you got involved.”
Davis, of Rodney Street, Hartlepool, was jailed for 27 months after he pleaded guilty to supplying a controlled drug of Class A.