Heroin seller jailed af­ter girl finds CS gas can he dumped

Macclesfield Express - - DRUGS MENACE - STU­ART GREER

ADRUG dealer who dumped a can of CS gas which was found by a young girl has been jailed for three years.

Christo­pher McDon­ald, 46, left the chem­i­cal can­is­ter in the street in Mac­cles­field as he fled po­lice, the court heard.

Known also as tear gas, ex­po­sure causes a burn­ing sensation to the eyes, nose, mouth and throat.

The can was found by a girl who was nar­rowly pre­vented from pick­ing it up by her dad, pros­e­cu­tors said.

McDon­ald, of Mac­cles­field, was even­tu­ally caught in pos­ses­sion of heroin and co­caine, as well as cash, mo­bile phones and his list of ‘cus­tomers’, the court heard.

At Ch­ester Crown Court on April 22 he ad­mit­ted sup­ply­ing co­caine and heroin and pos­ses­sion of a pro­hib­ited weapon.

Phillip Clemo, prose- cut­ing, said: “On March 25, 2015, at 12.35pm po­lice stopped their car along­side this de­fen­dant while he was on a push bike. He got off the bike, dis­re­garded it and ran away.

“He was caught run­ning along Poyn­ton Street in Mac­cles­field. Of­fi­cers searched him and found two mo­bile phones, a sim card, a tick list and £240 cash.

“At 3.45pm that day [a fa­ther], was walk­ing with his in­fant daugh­ter.

“She no­ticed what ap­peared to be an aerosol can on the road and went to pick it up.

“Her fa­ther stopped her and no­ticed it had the words CS on it. He was con­cerned and called the po­lice who ad­vised him to leave it in a safe place. So he put it be­hind a tele­phone box.

“It was later picked up by po­lice and DNA on the can­is­ter matched McDon­ald.

“The mo­bile phone showed he had been deal­ing heroin and co­caine. A dealer list was found at his home. He claimed the mo­bile phones were com­mu­nal and used by lots of peo­ple.”

The court heard that McDon­ald has a long record, with 54 con­vic­tions for 196 of­fences in­clud­ing a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for drug traf­fick­ing. He ap­peared in cus­tody from prison, where he is serv­ing a sen­tence of 40 months for bur­glary.

Maria Mar­cel­lus, de­fend­ing, said McDon­ald’s of­fend­ing was prompted by his drugs use.

She said: “He has an ap­palling record. He was home­less and couldn’t get

‘The mo­bile showed he had been deal­ing heroin’

a job so he took the easy way of mak­ing money.

Judge Ni­cholas Lang­dale sen­tenced McDon­ald to 30 months for each drugs charge run con­cur­rently and six months for the of­fen­sive weapon.

●● Christo­pher McDon­ald

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