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Middlesbrough Class A drug dealer jailed for three years and 10 months.

Class A drug dealer Amrin Haig has been jailed for three years and 10 months at Teesside crown Court.

The 22-year-old was found with 151 grip-seal bags of crack cocaine hidden in his boxer shorts during a police strip search.

He’d initially ran away after police stopped the Seat Leon he was travelling in, on Laurel Street in Middlesbrough, on December 16, last year. Following a chase, he was arrested minutes later in Centre Square.

The court was told Haig had four mobile phones and £97 in cash on him. Police then re-traced his steps after he had fled from the car, discovering a discarded bag of cannabis and a knuckle duster.

A search of a home linked to Haig – on Clarenden Road – uncovered 18 grams of cannabis bush in the boiler cupboard, and more cannabis.

Prosecutor Shaun Dryden told the court Haig had been arrested a month earlier, after police spotted a car driving erratically on the Longlands Industrial Estate in Middlesbrough, on the morning of November 19, 2021.

On that occasion Haig was found with 79 bags of cocaine carrying a street value of £3,790 – and a small amount of cannabis and £300 in cash.

He told police he’d made the money through selling cars and bikes on facebook.

The court heard Haig had received a two-year suspended sentence for the possession of cocaine, with intent to supply, the year before.

Haig, of Crathorne Crescent in the town, pleaded guilty to two counts of the possession of a class A drug, with intent to supply; the possession of an offensive weapon; two counts of the possession of a class B drug; and to breaching his suspended sentence.

Defending Haig, Nigel Soppitt told the court that his client had had a “difficult upbringing and was “hopelessly addicted to crack cocaine” at the time of the offending.

Mr Soppit said Haig was using £300-£400 of crack cocaine a day, to “chase the buzz”; and that he was a young impressionable man who was very easily recruited by others, to sell drugs.

Haig told his barrister that he was told by the dealers he was working for “in no uncertain terms, that he had to make the shortfall up – which had been made by his first arrest” and that was the reason he went onto to commit the second offence.

Mr Soppitt told the Judge Paul Watson his client hoped to see his three-year-old daughter on his release from prison and has sought help for his drug addiction:

Haig’s mother has offered him a room back in her home, if he is free of drugs in the future.

The judge told Haig, “You’re a dealer in class A drugs. I’ve made my position clear in this court about people who deal in class A drugs on the street, and the affect this has on other people.

“You have a previous conviction in 2020 for identical offences- and you have now breached that suspended sentence.

There you were, back in business, dealing in class A and B drugs again”.

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