Chase ad­dict gets 18 months

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

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.

Ian Peck

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