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Kendal addict handed lengthy jail term for role in class A “county lines“ drugs supply

Craig Jackson

A KENDAL addict who allowed his home to be used for class A “county lines” drugs supply and was involved in dealing himself has been jailed for more than three years.

Plain-clothed police on duty in the Abbot Hall area at round 12-40pm on May 29 saw Craig Jackson approach a popular town park. A suspected drug deal took place in a secluded area of that park and, after Jackson returned home for a short time, he left again and was seen to have a balled fist as headed for what police believed would be another illegal exchange.

The 48-year-old was intercepted and arrested. When his home was searched, two phones were seized and a teenager from outside Cumbria was also detained after jumping from a window.

Although Jackson initially said he knew nothing about any drug dealing, he later conceded he had a role which was limited to passing back money to the teenager during what he understood was a short-term arrangement likely to last only a matter of days.

Jackson, of Highgate, Kendal, admitted being concerned in the supply of both crack cocaine and heroin, and possessing both class A substances with intent to supply.

A father, he was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today (TUES), when it emerged he had used class A drugs since his late teens, had suffered several family tragedies – including the death of one son – had battled mental health problems and been jailed for four years in 2015 for a knifepoint Kendal robbery.

Jailing him for three years and three months for the May drugs crimes, Recorder Michael Hayton QC said: “I view you as someone with a long-term drug addiction who inevitably is drawn into criminality.” The judge added: “The supply of drugs involves with it much wider criminality that is a bane on the local community.”

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