TWO men are waiting to be sentenced after pleading guilty to supply cocaine.

Callum Bishop, of Ainsford Way, Ormesby, Middlesbrough, and his co-accused Jamie Harrison, of Beaconsfield, Prescot, near Liverpool, were caught on July 30 last year dealing in the Class A drug.

Harrison, 24, also pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation Beretta 9mm firearm and producing cannabis.

Teesside Crown Court heard the pair wer both expecting to receive a custodial sentence for the offences.

Rod Hunt, on behalf of Harrison, said: "He is under no illusion about custody but I would urge you to release him on bail while a pre-sentence report is done."

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A Beretta 9mm handgun

Gary Wood, for Bishop, added: "I'm asking for a pre-sentence report. He realises the position that he is in and that the court will be looking to an immediate custodial sentence."

The judge, Recorder David Kelly, granted both defendants conditional bail and adjourned the case until March 24 for sentencing.

He said: "I am requesting pre-sentence reports, given the almost inevitable custodial sentence, I have had to very carefully whether you can be trusted to be given bail in the mean time or whether to remand you in custody, which will count towards your custodial sentence.

"I have decided to give you bail and the chance to put your affairs in order."