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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Cumbrian cocaine dealer jailed

A drug dealer who sold cocaine to make a “Christmas bonus” has been sent to prison.

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Paul Barcock: Planned to sell drugs to friends

Paul Barcock, 52, pleaded guilty at Carlisle Crown Court to one count of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

The court heard that police raided Barcock’s home in Short Acres, Maryport, on December 5 last year.

They discovered a row of coat hooks inside that were not secure, and after removing them found a hole with a number of plastic bags containing white powder inside.

The powder was later shown to be about 70 grams of cocaine, with a purity of between seven and eight per cent.

The court was told that the street value of the drugs was £2,800.

Prosecutor Gerard Rogerson said: “Barcock was quite frank with police and asked for a bag to pack some clothes in, saying, ‘I’m going back to prison.’

“He had bought two ounces and wanted to sell the cocaine to his friends.”

Barcock has a string of convictions dating back to 1980 for offences including handling drugs, burglary and other drugs offences.

Mr Rogerson said that he had bought the drugs from someone he had previously met in prison.

In mitigation the court heard that when previous offences had occurred Barcock was in a relationship that was falling apart.

He had since had difficulty finding employment and sought treatment for anxiety.

Greg Hoare, representing Barcock, said: “He hopes to use the sentence as constructively as he can, and it’s not one of the worst examples of its kind, serious though it is.”

Judge Paul Batty QC noted that the amount of cocaine in Barcock’s possession was significant for Maryport.

He said: “You are really getting too old for this type of activity and sentences previously imposed have not deterred you.

“Police raided your house on December 5 and found a quite ingenious hiding hole where you kept your stash of drugs.

“That was going to be your Christmas bonus but I’m afraid it’s not going to be a bonus in this court.”

Barcock was jailed for three years and four months.

DC Sharon McDermott of Cumbria Police said that the case highlighted how important information from the public could be.

DC McDermott said: “We will continue to work hard to protect local people from the negative consequences that can be caused by drugs.

“Good intelligence is key to stopping drugs in our community and I would urge anyone with any concerns about drugs or has noticed anything suspicious to contact Cumbria Police.”

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