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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Dealer died from overdose after taking heroin at Carlisle addict's home

A drug addict tried to save the life of his dealer who collapsed from an overdose after taking heroin at his home, a court heard.

Hugh Craig, 39, was taken ill while delivering heroin to 33-year-old Kenneth Potts at his home in Newlaithes Avenue, Morton, Carlisle, in July.

Though Potts tried to resuscitate him and called for an ambulance, Craig died in the city's Cumberland Infirmary a few hours later.

Potts found Craig’s £9,700 stash of heroin and hid it in a wardrobe so that he could return it to him when he came out of hospital.

But police found it during a search of the house. Although he insisted he was only looking after it and had no intention of selling the drug himself, Potts was charged with possessing it with intent to supply.

He pleaded guilty to the charge at the city’s Crown Court today.

He was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to undergo drugs rehabilitation.

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