A drug dealer who hid amphetamine in a caravan has been jailed for nine months.
Police raided the caravan on a site in Hart village and found 600g of high purity amphetamine in a fridge, Teesside Crown Court heard.
While police were at the caravan site Gary Moorhead and Anthony Muers arrived in a 4X4, said prosecutor Shaun Dodds.
“The car did a swift U-turn,” added Mr Dodds. “Police caught up with it and arrested both men.
“Muers had £900 in cash which he claimed was from the sale of a car, although he was unable to give the car’s registration number or any details of the buyer.
“A mobile phone belong to Moorhead was analysed and found to contain messages indicative of dealing.
“Among these were: ‘Zoe wants 25’, ‘drop us half’, and ‘I have got to go to the caravan’.
The court heard there were scales and dealing paraphernalia in the caravan.
“An experienced drugs officer estimated the drugs have a street value of £8,000,” said Mr Dodds.
“The purity was fairly high at 28 per cent, indicating the drugs would be bulked out for street supply.”
Moorhead, 31,of Erskine Road, Hartlepool, admitted conspiracy to supply a class B drug in July of last year.
Muers, 28, of Forfar Road, Hartlepool, admitted allowing his premises to be used for the supply of drugs on the same date.
Andrew Teate, for Moorhead, said his client had only been involved in the conspiracy for two weeks, and was not a sophisticated criminal.
Ian Mularkey, for Muers, said his client was a hard working man who was disgusted with himself for becoming involved in dealing drugs.
The Recorder, Mr Tim Roberts QC, jailed Moorhead for nine months, and gave Muers a 12-month community order and 180 hours of unpaid work.
The recorder told the two men: “This was a pre-meditated dealing operation involving high value, high purity drugs.
“It was a determined commercial enterprise on a significant scale.”
The drugs and paraphernalia seized in the raid were confiscated and will be destroyed.
Muers was ordered to forfeit the £900 cash.