Heroin addict caught in heart of town

A DRUG addict has been jailed for two years after he was caught on CCTV supplying heroin to another user in the heart of Skegness.

Gavin Barnes, 32, was filmed on CCTV as he passed the Class A drugs to a friend in Richmond Drive, Skegness.

Lincoln Crown Court heard both men were searched separately by police after being followed into Skegness town centre.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said on his arrest Barnes claimed: “I only gave him a cigarette.” Infact officers found three wraps of heroin on Barnes and a further six wraps of heroin in the possession of his friend.

The heroin was later examined by forensic experts and found to come from the same batch with a purity of around four per cent. The street value of the heroin supplied by Barnes was estimated at £60.

Mr Scott told the court there was no evidence of Barnes being a street dealer. “The only evidence against him was the CCTV footage. His house was searched and nothing else was found.”

David Eager, mitigating told the court Barnes was not involved in the commercial supply of drugs.

Mr Eager added: “He was going to his own dealer when his friend asked him to pick some up for him.

“It is quite clear this was a common practice, his friend might have done exactly the same for him.”

Barnes, of Wilson Close, Ingoldmells, admitted supplying a controlled drug and simple possession of heroin following his arrest earlier this month.

Passing sentence Recorder William Harbage QC told him: “I accept the basis of plea that you were not a street dealer.”