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Disabled dealer sold drugs from his mobility car on Bradford's streets

A DISABLED drug dealer working from his mobility car to fund his addiction has been jailed for 18 months.

The judge locking up Dean Fisher said he would be failing in his public duty to the citizens of Bradford if he spared him immediate custody.

Fisher, 41, of Stony Lane, Allerton, Bradford, was twice arrested peddling heroin in six weeks, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Ken Green said he was caught the first time after the police spotted him dealing on Sunbridge Road at 1pm on July 8, 2019.

They followed his Renault Clio mobility car to Girlington Road when he was found to have 12 wraps of heroin with him worth £55.

Fisher’s phone contained 14 texts that proved he was dealing Class A and Class B drugs.

He made no reply to police questions and was released under investigation.

On August 21, 2019, Fisher was seen by the police with two other men in a Volkswagen Golf in Allerton. He had 13 wraps of heroin on him, 12 in his hat, Mr Green said.

Fisher pleaded guilty to offering to supply heroin and possession of heroin with intent to supply.

His barrister, Paul Canfield, said he had a long-standing drug addiction and had played a lesser role in the dealing organisation.

He had not been in any trouble since 2007 before committing these offences and had not committed any since.

Fisher’s addiction had forced him to deal to pay off a debt and to fund his habit.

He was using his own mobility car when he was caught the first time.

Mr Canfield said that Fisher had serious health problems and suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder after having his leg amputated.

He had fallen into bad company at the time he was drug dealing and had since turned his life around.

He was devoted to his daughter and seeing her was the most important thing in his life.

Recorder Andrew Haslam QC conceded that Fisher was addicted to drugs and selling them to fund his own habit rather than to make any profit.

It was not sophisticated offending but it was persistent, with Fisher continuing to traffic heroin after he was arrested and released under investigation.

“It’s a wicked trade, preying on the addiction of others,” Recorder Haslam said.

“I would be failing in my duty to the citizens of Bradford If I did not send you to custo-dy immediately.”

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