Dealer of­fered drugs to un­der­cover po­lice

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STUART GREER

ABUNGLING drug dealer was caught red-handed try­ing to sell to un­der­cover po­lice.

Thomas David Cole, 31, cy­cled up to PC Gary Barnes and Sergeant Rob Simp­son, who were in plain clothes and talk­ing to a group of males at the un­der­pass at the end of Gas Road, un­der the Silk Road.

Af­ter of­fer­ing them ‘weed and pills’ Cole spot­ted their po­lice ear pieces and tried to flee.

PC Barnes and Sgt Simp­son grabbed Cole and found a sand­wich bag con­tain­ing 15 wraps of cannabis.

Cole, of Park­gate Road, Mac­cles­field, de­nied pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply a con­trolled Class B drug but failed to turn up for the trial at Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court on Fri­day (May 5).

He was found guilty in his ab­sence.

James Gore, pros­e­cut- ing, said PC Barnes and Sergeant Simp­son were in plain clothes on pa­trol on Gas Road on Fe­bru­ary 8 tasked with in­ves­ti­gat­ing is­sues of crime and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

PC Barnes told mag­is­trates: “We ap­proached three males on the un­der­pass be­cause we be­lieved they had been in­volved in us­ing drugs. Out of the blue the de­fen­dant cy­cled up be­tween us and of­fered all five of us drugs.

“We looked up at the male and he looked at us and said “you two are po­lice of­fi­cers” and swore.

“He then tried to quickly cy­cle away from us. I grabbed him by the arm and held him. My col­league helped take him to the ground and he was ar­rested.”

PC Barnes told the court that he searched Cole’s pock­ets and found a clear bag con­tain­ing 15 wraps of cannabis. They also found a cannabis grinder, jew­ellery in­clud­ing four brooches and a sil­ver tag, and a mobile phone.

PC Barnes said he didn’t know the value of the drugs found.

He said: “It in­di­cated that the cannabis was go­ing to be dealt to us and was ready for dis­tri­bu­tion. I be­lieve Cole was there to deal drugs.”

James Gore, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court that in his po­lice in­ter­view Cole told of­fi­cers that he was cy­cling on his BMX and had half an ounce of ‘Lemon Haze cannabis’ on him.

Mr Gore said: “Cole said he was on his way to his sis­ter and came across the po­lice of­fi­cers. He said he saw their ear wire ra­dios.”

Mag­is­trates said the ev­i­dence showed Cole ‘showed clear in­ten­tion to deal drugs’.

The bench or­dered a war­rant for his ar­rest without bail.

Cole was ar­rested and ap­peared at Stock­port Mag­is­trates Court where he was com­mit­ted to Ch­ester Crown court for sen­tenc­ing on June 2.

He was found guilty af­ter a trial of as­sault­ing a man on Mill Street, Mac­cles­field, on March 27.

He will also be sen­tenced for two charges of fail­ing to sur­ren­der to bail, pos­ses­sion of Tra­madol and for breach­ing his post­cus­tody su­per­vi­sion with pro­ba­tion.

De­fend­ing Stock­port Cole at Mag­is­trates, Shirley Fit­ton, told the court he is un­well due to drug ad­dic­tion.

She said: “With re­gards to the pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply, he came out of prison with debts and sold drugs as a way to re­pay the money he owed to his drug deal­ers and keep him­self away from their ret­ri­bu­tion.

“He’s not cop­ing well here in court to­day. As well as co­caine and heroin he re­lies heav­ily on al­co­hol to get through his ad­dic­tions. He started with cannabis, then went to prison where he was exposed to more se­ri­ous drugs.

“That’s why he’s got him­self tied up in this com­pli­cated mess.”

Dancers from Dance Ad­dicts in Mac­cles­field, which is rais­ing money for MAC Multi-Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre

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