A man who dealt drugs from his County Durham home and a 'licenced premises' has been jailed for 26 months after his 'secretive' crimes were uncovered. 

Cameron Darke, from Barnard Castle, was arrested in January 2021 after officers carried out a series of warrants in connection with drug dealing in the area.

At the time, it was suspected that Darke was dealing Class A drugs from his home address and licenced premises in Barnard Castle.

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The 23-year-old was taken into custody for questioning and later charged with possession with intent to supply a controlled drug.

Darke, of Kinghorne Road, admitted the charges at Durham Crown Court on Wednesday (October 4) and was sentenced to 26 months in prison.

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Following sentencing, sergeant Angela Drasdo from Barnard Castle Neighbourhood team, said: “This is a great result and would have only been possible with the support of local residents and members of PubWatch coming forward to provide vital information.

“Darke believed he could hide his drug dealing by keeping it off the streets, but officers left no stone unturned to uncover his criminal career.

“I would urge residents to come forward if they have information on the supply of drugs in the town or know of individuals involved in this type of activity.”