Two addicts who peddled heroin and crack cocaine were connected with a ‘drugs hotline’ which supplied users in the Accrington area, a court has heard.
Gareth Ashley Nicholson, 41, of Medina Close, Accrington, Gareth Ashley Nicholson, 47, of Mosley Street, Blackburn were ‘in desperate straits’ when they became involved in supplying drugs via a mobile phone account known as ‘the Saj line’, Burnley Crown Court heard.
Waldron had accrued monetary debts to dealers higher up and both she and Nicholson were given drugs instead of any monetary gain.
Prosecutor Stephen Parker told the court that messages from Nicholson’s phone examined by police after his arrest showed that in the September, 2017 he was involved in dealing in the Accrington area.
He said: “Among the messages were the words ‘catch us quick, best of both’ and ‘getting ready for the morning rush’.
Mr Parker added that Nicholson had also messaged the ‘Saj line’ saying he would be ‘happy to discuss’ any mobile work he could do for them.
Defending Waldron, Saul Brody, said: “She supplied drugs to discharge a debt.
“She had a lesser role in the operation, she was in desperate straits.
“Photographs taken on her arrest depict an unhealthy image but she is now doing much better and awaiting a six month residential rehabilitation placement.”
Gerard Doran, defending Nicholson, said his client was prepared to admit he had driven Waldron three times around the Accrington area to deliver drugs as he had access to a car.
Waldron had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of possession with intent to supply heroin and another of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine.
Nicholson had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge that for a 15 day period he was concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
Judge Philip Parry adjourned sentencing of both defendants until October 18 at Preston Crown Court and ordered that pre-sentence reports be carried out.