Dealer caught by ‘Hansel and Gre­tel’ drug trail

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­ @JonMacMEN

ADRUG dealer was caught af­ter po­lice fol­lowed a trail of cannabis bags he dropped in what was de­scribed in court as a ‘ 21st cen­tury adult ver­sion of Hansel and Gre­tel’.

An­drew Moores, of Th­waites Street, Oswaldtwistle, ac­ci­den­tally stum­bled across po­lice while walk­ing through the Fox­hill Bank area while car­ry­ing a black bag con­tain­ing 76 £10 bag deals of cannabis.

Burn­ley Crown Court heard how the ‘star­tled’ 22-year-old ran off and when ‘ sus­pi­cious’ po­lice fol­lowed him they came across a trail of cannabis which had ac­ci­den­tally been dis­lodged from his bag.

When the trail came to an end they found Moores ‘hid­ing up a tree’.

Moores pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing cannabis with in­tent to sup­ply and given an eight-month jail term, sus­pended for two years and or­dered to carry out 150 hours un­paid work.

Stephen Parker said po­lice were in the wooded area in Oswaldtwistle car­ry­ing out in­ves­ti­ga­tions for a miss­ing per­son when Moores ‘walked out right in front of them’ be­fore flee­ing.

He told the court that they de­cided to fol­low him and when Moores col­lided with a bar­rier it dis­lodged the £10 bags of cannabis in the large black bag.

Mr Parker said they were ‘ de­posited on the floor leav­ing the po­lice an easy trail to fol­low him’.

He said: “They fol­lowed the trail of cannabis bags and found the de­fen­dant hid­ing up a tree.

“In terms of the facts, they could per­haps be de­scribed as a mod­ern 21st cen­tury adult ver­sion of Hansel and Gre­tel.”

Mr Parker said when Moores was in­ter­viewed he said the drugs were for his own use, was a cannabis user and bought the ‘job lot’ for £650.

How­ever when po­lice an­a­lysed his phone they found mes­sages dat­ing back to July 2013 and a list ‘of about 20 con­tacts or so show­ing he was ac­tively in­volved in the sup­ply of cannabis’.

The court heard how there were mes­sages from Moores re­lat­ing to pay­ment of debts and ‘var­i­ous tick lists’.

Daniel Prowse, de­fend­ing, said Moores is ‘re­morse­ful’, of pre­vi­ous good char­ac­ter, has stopped tak­ing drugs com­pletely since the of­fence and has made ‘ex­cel­lent progress’.

Judge An­drew Wool­man said it was ‘clear you were en­gaged in com­mer­cial deal­ing’ how­ever there has been a ‘com­plete trans­for­ma­tion’ since the of­fence and he is a ‘trans­formed char­ac­ter’.

An­drew Moores. Pic­ture from Face­book.

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