Scunthorpe man caught after ‘quick descent’ into crime
The man was caught dealing heroin and crack cocaine to undercover police.
According to court reports, he was prolific shoplifter and, on one occasion, stole £240 worth of chocolate from a supermarket, a court heard.
Andrew Freeman, 38, of Scunthorpe, was recently remanded into custody, where he admitted being concerned in supplying heroin and crack cocaine on March 3. He also admitted to three theft offences.
Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, said to Grimsby Crown Court Freeman was apprehended after undercover police working on the Operation Patriot accosted him in Scunthorpe.
Police say he operated from a ‘well-known’ drugs den in Dale Street and sold heroin and crack cocaine to undercover police.
Freeman also stole chocolate from Tesco in Scunthorpe on May 13 and October 14. The value of the chocolate on the second occasion was £240.
He stole two plants from Aldi on September 3 and asked for other theft offences to be considered.
Freeman had convictions for 41 previous offences, 36 of similar circumstances.
Richard Lunn, mitigating, said that Freeman was struggling at the time of the offences and lost his accommodation at Anvil House, Scunthorpe.
“He played a lesser role within the grand scheme of things and he was dealing to what he believed to be other drug users,” said Mr. Lunn. Freeman had been in custody since October 20.
“He realised that he needed some time in custody in order to get his head together,” said Mr. Lunn. Freeman had been doing courses while in custody.
Judge Michael Fanning said that there had been a “huge explosion” in Freeman’s offending and it was a “very quick descent” into crime.
“You are simply stealing to fund your drug addiction,” said Judge Fanning. “Your record is appalling.”
Freeman also admitted failing to surrender to bail, he was jailed for two years and two months.
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