A HEROIN user who has battled addiction since the age of 16 has been locked up after failing to stay away from drugs.
John Miles, 36, was jailed for 18 months at Teesside Crown Court after getting caught with heroin on three separate occasions.
All the offences were committed while Miles was serving a suspended sentence for growing cannabis.
He was also given a chance to stay off drugs last October when a judge deferred sentencing Miles for three months after he had been caught carrying heroin.
It was after police stopped a van Miles was driving without insurance or a licence on Raby Road, Hartlepool, on August 8, 2010.
Officers searched him and found he had two wraps of heroin hidden in his socks.
He admitted they were for his own use.
On January 11 this year, Miles was arrested on suspicion of possessing heroin with intent to supply when he was found with three wraps of the drug.
He later admitted simple possession.
Then on February 2, police raided the house Miles shared with his partner and found £210 worth of heroin.
He admitted possession of a class A drug with intent to supply on a basis that he would have given some to his girlfriend.
Nigel Soppitt, mitigating, said Miles, of Rodney Street, Hartlepool, had been battling heroin addiction for almost 20 years with little success.
Mr Soppitt said: “There is no commercial supply from his point of view.
“As he describes he is a victim rather than a beneficiary of the drugs trade.
“He knows that if he goes to prison he deserves that because he should have stopped taking drugs.
“Of course, it’s not that easy.”
Referring to the breach of the suspended sentence, Recorder Neil Davey said: “That was your chance to show whatever determination you had to steer clear of drug taking and get your life back on track.
“But rather than do that you repeatedly threw back in the face of the court the chance that had been given to you.”