Dealer with drug issues that 'ruined his life' sent to prison

A DEALER with a long history of using and supplying drugs has been sent to prison again.

Andrew Bell (50) had eight previous convictions on 28 offences and had been convicted for supplying heroin a number of times.

He was before Sheffield Crown Court again on Friday for three more offences of drug dealing in Rotherham.

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Mr Andrew Bailey, mitigating, admitted Bell, of no fixed abode, had a “bad record”.

He said: “He has had drug issues for many, many years.

“It’s ruined his life.

“He had a relationship that was promising but he returned to drugs.”

But Mr Bailey said Bell was “thinking more clearly now”, adding: “He’s turning too old now to return to courts for selling drugs.”

Recorder Mark Cooper said police officers found crack cocaine and cash on Bell in November last year.

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On September 8 this year, Recorder Cooper added, Bell had been searched again and a police officer had found the same drugs on him.

Just a day later, police officers had found Bell with heroin again.

Recorder Cooper described Bell’s role in drug dealing as “significant”, telling the defendant: “You were aware of and understood what you were doing.” 

He sentenced Bell to 2045 days — five years and seven months — after admitting possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.