A DRUG dealer who stashed heroin, cocaine and cannabis in homes across a Chester estate has been jailed.
David Mackay, 20, of Hillside Road, Blacon, had hidden hundreds of pounds worth of drugs in his own home and also in those of family members in Glyn Garth, Wyndham Road and Cadnant Close.
ChesterCrown Court heard how police raided his home in May and found cannabis with a street value of £70 mixed in with gravy granules.
Geoffrey Lowe, prosecuting, told the court police raided his home again in July and discovered 47 grams of cannabis. Officers also raided three addresses of his family and found drugs in all of them.
A small quantity of unidentified tablets and half a gram of cocaine was found in a flat in Glyn Garth, one gram of heroin worth £90 and 13 grams of cannabis worth £130 were recovered from the property in Wyndham Road and eight wraps of heroin and 69 wraps of cocaine worth £690 from the Cadnant Close address.
Police forensics were able to link all of the finds back to Mackay.
He pleaded guilty to charges of possessing Class A and B drugs with intent to supply and was sentenced to two years in prison.
His partner Tracey Ellams, 44, also of Hillside Road, pleaded guilty to possessing the cannabis mixed in with the gravy granules and received a 12 month conditional discharge.
John Wyn Williams, defending, said Mackay had been under pressure to store the drugs because he owed money to dealers he was afraid of in Liverpool.
He said his client had not been to prison before and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
Judge Elgan Edwards, the Recorder of Chester, said Mackay had played a “significant” role in the supply of drugs in Chester.
He told him: “While you may have felt threatened by this group from Liverpool they still trusted you enough to give you a large amount of drugs to supply.
“You played a significant role in the supply of drugs in the Chester area.
“As an act of mercy because of your age and because you have never been in custody before I am going to substantially reduce your sentence.
“If you come before this court again it will not be as lenient.”