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Jail for Middlesbrough man who claimed he dealt drugs to pay for BMW car insurance
A DRIVER found with 16 bags of cocaine began dealing the drug to pay for his car insurance, a court heard.
Police stopped Scott Harris's BMW car in Central Mews, Middlesbrough, in the early hours of April 27 this year and found six bags of white powder in his jeans pocket.
A further ten bags of cocaine were hidden within a glove box, prosecutor Rachel Masters told Teesside Crown Court.
Harris told officers he was supplying the drug to pay for his car insurance.
He said he had separated out the cocaine into 18 'deals' worth 0.7g each and had sold two.
The 26-year-old, of Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough, admitted possession with intent to supply a class A drug.
Sarah Mallett, mitigating, said he had made an appallingly bad decision after it was suggested by someone he could deal drugs to make money.
She said: “It is exceptional for a drug dealer to be full and frank and honest with police in the way he was.
“He is ashamed of what he has done and the impact it has had on his elderly mother in particular.”
Ms Mallett suggested any jail sentence could be suspended as the offending was out of character.
But Judge Tony Briggs said a jail sentence would be immediate.
He said: “To suspend the sentence would send out completely the wrong message to those who are engaged in cocaine dealing.”
The judge said Harris became involved with drugs in order to profit and while he accepted his frankness and early guilty plea, he kailed him for two years.