Chase addict gets 18 months
A RUNCORN man was busted with £230 of heroin and cocaine after police chased him on foot.
Ian Christopher Peck, 33, of Avalon Court, Castlefields, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs on Monday at Chester Crown Court.
He admitted the charges on the basis he had only bought the drugs, which weighed less than five grams in total, to share with his friends who were also drug addicts who would be the buyers on other days.
Sarah Badrawy, prosecuting, told the court that police officers patrolling Castlefields Avenue South at around 11.50am on December 17 in an unmarked car had spotted Peck and another man in a wooded area make a suspected drug purchase before they fled. Peck ● tried to run off, but police caught him. A search revealed 12 wraps of cocaine and 11 wraps of heroin, with £40 in cash.
The court heard Peck had 13 convictions for 44 offences, mainly for shoplifting and theft but also one drug offence from 2013, with an overall offending profile fitting that of a drug addict.
His cocaine and heroin arrest happened just days after North Cheshire Mag- istrates’ Court had slapped Peck with a community order for a string of shoplifting offences.
Paul Abraham, defending, said his client had fallen into ‘the increasing grip of a significant addiction’ in the last four years but spending the last six months in custody had ‘done him the world of good’, enabling him to quit drugs and find work in prison.
In addition his mother had died and his addiction and custody meant that he was unable to say goodbye, but he had been allowed out to the funeral.
This had enabled him to see his child for the first time in many months and the prospect of more future contact was a prime motivator to keep him off drugs.
Recorder Louise Brandon sentenced Peck to 18 months in prison.