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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Carlisle dealer sold drugs after police arrest

A man who went on selling drugs even after being caught by the police has been jailed for more than three years.

Alistair Pape photo
Alistair Pape

Alistair Pape, 31, was first arrested on September 5 last year after police raided his home in Botcherby Avenue, Carlisle and found £288-worth of heroin.

Six days later he was arrested again after being caught on the street with cannabis and nearly £1,400-worth of buprenorphin, a synthetic alternative to opiate drugs.

Four months later, after being allowed bail for those earlier offences, he was arrested again – this time after being caught with 28 valium tablets while “staggering about clearly under the influence” in Botchergate.

At the city’s Crown Court Pape, who had 14 previous convictions though none for drug-related offences, pleaded guilty to possessing the heroin and buprenorphin with intent to supply them and possessing the cannabis and valium for his own use.

In the basis of plea submitted to the court Pape said he was a heroin addict who sometimes sold the drug to his friends to help cover the cost of his own habit.

In mitigation his barrister Christopher Evans said Pape had had a difficult childhood, living in children’s homes all over Cumbria after his mother died when he was just nine years old.

He started taking drugs when he was just ten and ever since “drugs have been a feature – with frequent periods of dependence – throughout his life,” he said.

As an adult his life had been “blighted with mental health issues” and as a result lived a “somewhat chaotic lifestyle”, he said.

“In difficult and despondent times he has turned to a variety of drugs,” he said

Pape was jailed for three years and two months. The £580 found on him at the time of his first arrest was confiscated and will be used to support Cumbria Constabulary’s fight against illegal drugs.

Judge Paul Batty QC said the case was aggravated by the way Pape had continued using drugs even after being arrested by the police.

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