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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Three years for man who tried to peddle heroin on Carlisle's streets

A man who tried to bring heroin to the streets of Carlisle has been jailed for three years.

Mark Donoghue photo
Mark Donoghue

Mark Donoghue, 26, of Crummock Street, Carlisle, appeared at the city’s crown court yesterday.

He had previously admitted a charge of possession with intent to supply the class A drug.

Gerard Rogerson, prosecuting, told the court that police had visited Donoghue’s home on June 16 with a search warrant.

“When they arrived, Mr Donoghue was pulling away in a car, which he stopped and officers spoke to him,” said Mr Rogerson.

“They went inside the property and around the house and, in the course, found quantities of brown powder.”

This was later examined and found to be diamorphine, also known as heroin.

The total amount found was 149.7g (5.2oz), with a street value of just under £15,000.

Mr Rogerson said Donoghue had pleaded guilty after explaining that he was a cocaine addict who had racked up a substantial debt with his drug dealer over the last five years.

As a way of reducing his debts, he had agreed to transport the heroin from Liverpool to Carlisle and then distribute it to street dealers in the city.

Judge Peter Hughes QC said: “You did all this with your eyes open. You come from the Liverpool area and were living in Carlisle at the time.

“This court knows from experience of similar cases how drugs come into Carlisle from Liverpool.”

He also pointed out that Donoghue had previously been sentenced to 34 weeks imprisonment after being caught growing cannabis plants in 2012.

“An aggravating feature is that this isn’t the first time you have been involved with drugs,” he added.

Judge Hughes sentenced Donoghue to three years imprisonment.

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