A COCAINE dealer who involved his mother in the illegal trafficking enterprise has been jailed for more than two-and-a-half years.
Police searched the Carlisle homes of Dwain Ferriday and Melanie Ferriday on January 5 last year.
At Dwain Ferriday’s Borland Avenue address, officers recovered a single wrap of cocaine along with a paraphernalia which included a cutting agent, digital scales and mobile phones, plus £1,095 cash in a pocket.
Phone analysis revealed damning messages in relation to his illicit drug supply.
Carlisle Crown Court heard he had used his mother’s Marks Avenue property across the city – from where police seized cocaine weighing in at around 40g and £3,000 cash – as a drug-related “depository”.
After his “life hit the bumps”, 28-year-old Dwain Ferriday developed a “chronic addiction” to cocaine which at one stage was costing between £200 and £400 a day. However, his lawyer told the court he had latterly overcome the habit “to an appreciable extent, if not completely”.
Having admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply, he was jailed for 31 months today (FRI) by Judge Nicholas Barker, who said of the defendant’s involvement of his 48-year-old mother in the illegal activity: “She wasn’t prepared to turn you away and she went along with what you wanted to do, and you took advantage of that.”
Melanie Ferriday, who admitted the same cocaine charge, was sentenced in late November and had a 14-month jail term suspended for two years. In addition, she was ordered to complete unpaid work and a rehabilitation requirement.