Hartlepool heroin carrier’s desperate attempt to swallow evidence

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

A DRUG carrier who desperately tried to swallow wraps of heroin when police raided his home has been jailed for three and a half years.

Brogan Davidson, 39, stuffed three wraps of the Class A drug worth £275 into his mouth but was stopped by police before he could swallow them.

Prosecutor Jenny Haigh told Teesside Crown Court that Davidson had been jailed for three years in 2010 for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

The latest raid on February 7 also unearthed a number of phones, one of which he accepted was his that contained text messages indicating drug dealing.

Heroin addict Davidson, who claimed that the drugs were for his personal use, was found guilty after a trial for intent to supply.

Miss Haigh said that the crown’s case was that it was linked to street dealing.

Ian Mullarkey, mitigating, said that Davidson had a long-standing addiction to heroin and he was dealing to fund it.

He had made efforts to rid himself of it, but he had relapsed last October.

He wanted to rebuild his family links on his release and he had been passing regular drug tests while in prison on remand.

The judge Recorder Patrick Palmer told him: “You must know that this is a serious offence that inevitably leads to a custodial sentence.

“I do bear in mind on your behalf that you have been making efforts over the years to resolve your addiction, and the court is heartened to hear that while you have been in custody you are now on the drug-free wing taking steps to reduce your addiction.”

Davidson, of Oxford Road, Hartlepool, was jailed for three and a half years after he was found guilty of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.