A CARLISLE man has been handed a lengthy jail term for crack cocaine and heroin supply crimes.
Jamie Steele, 25, was handed a three-year prison sentence for offending which came to light in the city on September 13 last year.
Carlisle Crown Court heard how police were maintaining a presence around Flower Street, off London Road, amid reports of suspected drug-dealing.
Steele was stopped and found to have crack cocaine in his possession. More of that class A drug, along with a trace amount of heroin, weighing scales, plastic packaging and cash were recovered from his nearby Orchard Street home. Also seized were mobile phones which contained messages from people seeking to source drugs from him.
Steele admitted being concerned in the supply of both heroin and crack cocaine during a six-day period last September; and possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply.
He was also sentenced for breaching a restraining order by contacting his ex-partner through Facebook.
Steele – said by his lawyer to have been acting “under the direction of somebody else” during the commission of his drugs crimes – had made efforts to “turn his life around”, the court heard.