Drug addict Jamie Butcher has been jailed after a police officer caught him dealing at a Stoke-on-Trent park.
The 44-year-old was spotted by a plain clothes officer at Northwood Park approaching a man and woman before pulling out a purple plastic tub from the front of his trousers.
But the officer intercepted the deal and Butcher was taken to custody on November 22.
Now Butcher, of Chell Street, Hanley, has been jailed for 44 months after admitting two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the purple tub was found to contain heroin and crack cocaine. He also had 10 business cards with his name and telephone number on that he handed out to his customers.
Prosecutor Nicholas Berry said: “The police officer was on plain clothes foot patrol at 3.20pm in Northwood Park.
“His attention was drawn to a male and female who walked through one entrance of the park and were heading towards the entrance that takes you out to Eaton Street.
“The officer thought that was strange and the officer then saw the defendant walk to the Eaton Street entrance to the man and woman and he saw the defendant reach to the front of his trousers and pull out a small purple plastic tub.
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“The officer believed he was about to supply class A drugs and approached the defendant shouting ‘police’. There was a short struggle between the two before the officer was able to take him to the floor.
“The officer looked inside the plastic tub and saw several wraps. The defendant also had on him 10 cards with ‘Jamie’ and his telephone number written on in his front coat pocket.
“He was taken to custody and in interview the defendant explained he was addicted to drugs and used about £60 to £70 of heroin and crack every day.
“He is on benefits and receives £290 a month. He has been drug dealing for approximately three weeks and sells about 20 deals of heroin and crack every day.
“He explained that he had gone to Northwood Park to supply heroin and crack to the two people waiting for him. The pack of cards with his name and phone number on he gives to people who buy drugs off him in case they forget his telephone number.”
Inside the plastic tub was 664 milligrams of crack cocaine, equivalent to 8 deals and a value of £80, and 92 milligrams of heroin, equivalent to one deal and worth £10.
Butcher has 12 previous convictions for 28 offences. Including two previous convictions for possession with intent to supply heroin in 1996 and 1999.
His last conviction was for robbery in 2016.
Mark Moore, mitigating, said Butcher had lost his girlfriend in a fire and suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He then developed a leg injury and was unable to attend his methadone appointments.
This caused him to turn to drugs and was dealing to fund his addiction.
He said: “He was stable and he and his girlfriend were building a life together, but he was set back following that tragic event and lost his methadone support. He was a user trying to get by without the assistance of alternative substances.
“He cooperated with police and explained everything.”
Judge Paul Glenn said: “You have numerous previous convictions, the two important ones are those in 1996 and 1999 for possession with intent to supply heroin for which you received a five year sentence in 1999.
“You made admissions in your interview and the quantities involved are small. You had been dealing for about three weeks, carrying out about 20 deals a day.
“It was financially motivated and covered your own drug usage of about £400 or more a week. You had business cards in case buyers forgot your number.”
The judge ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.