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'Gofer' Nelson heroin dealer jailed
1:24pm Sunday 1st September 2013 in News
A 'GOFER' involved in the street dealing of heroin in Nelson, is behind bars for two years.
Long-time addict Jonathan Knowles, 35, was caught after he supplied drugs to undercover police, last August and September.
Knowles had handed over 13-and-a-half grams of heroin in exchange for £400 and a bottle of vodka to one purchaser, Burnley Crown Court heard.
The hearing was told Knowles, who was supplying for somebody else, had not broken the law for 16 years, despite a chronic heroin habit and a judge said it was unusual.
Knowles, of Vicarage Road, Nelson, had admitted two charges of supplying heroin. He was locked up by Judge Beverley Lunt, who said the buyers could have been anybody.
She said: "You know yourself how bad it is to be addicted to such drugs. There must be a prison sentence, not just to punish you, but to deter others."
David Macro, prosecuting, said Knowles was arrested after an undercover operation targeting suspected dealers in Nelson and Brierfield.
Last August 8, an officer rang a mobile number, asking for 'one of each' - one wrap of heroin and one of cocaine.
He met the defendant at a petrol station on Netherfield Road. Knowles said he didn't have any cocaine, spat out a 178 milligram wrap of heroin, passed it to the officer, and took £10. He told the officer someone else would arrive with some cocaine.
Mr Macro said on September 21, another officer rang the same number and asked for half an ounce of heroin. The person who took the call said he would send someone to do the deal. The officer met Knowles and the defendant handed him 13-and-a- half grams of the drug, in exchange for the cash and alcohol.
Knowles was arrested on February 22 this year and made no comment when questioned by police. He had a record, but had not offended since 1997 and had no convictions for drugs offences.
Keith Harrison,for Knowles, said he had been used as a 'gofer' by others to deliver their drugs. He had had a pernicious addiction for 15 years.
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