Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A BABY'S BOTTLE ...A DUMMY AND A BAG OF HEROIN; the Shocking Scene Found by Drugs Police in the Kitchen of a Tees Home: DEALERS JAILED: More Than 11 Years. for Drugs Duo

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A BABY'S BOTTLE ...A DUMMY AND A BAG OF HEROIN; the Shocking Scene Found by Drugs Police in the Kitchen of a Tees Home: DEALERS JAILED: More Than 11 Years. for Drugs Duo

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT

A BABY'S bottle and dummy sit on a kitchen worktop near a bag of heroin and the materials used to prepare drugs.

This shocking scene was uncovered by drugs bust police at a home on Emerald Street, Middlesbrough.

The dealers living and operating their illicit trade in that house have been jailed for a total of more than 11 years.

James Dean Bradley, 33, and baby-faced, diminutive Carl Adam Garbutt, 21, were tragic drugs casualties themselves.

They started their sentences cleaned up, "drug-free" and with ambitions to become drugs counsellors to use their terrible experiences to help others in a similar position.

Judge John Walford told the two: "Both of you have had your lives ruined by drugs. From Page One "You know the misery it's caused you both, but you're prepared to ignore that and to spread its misery amongst others." Teesside Crown Court heard how police saw them dealing to callers at the home on the morning of June 24. When officers raided the property the same day, Garbutt was arrested in the living room, in the presence of Bradley's 12 to 14-month-old daughter . Bradley was also in the home as a bag containing 25.3g of heroin was found, worth more than pounds 2,500 on the streets. Prosecutor Ian Mullarkey said the drugs were found along with heroin-contaminated pocket digital scales, a spoon, rolls of tin foil and cling film, a foil wrap and pieces of foil. "In close proximity to those items was a child's bottle and a child's dummy," he added. The judge told Bradley: "You were in charge of a heroin dealing enterprise supplying street-level dealers and also supplying users. "(An) aggravating feature is evident from the photographs, there with your infant child, a bottle and her feeding apparatus, in close proximity to the heroin and the paraphernalia surrounding it." He jailed Bradley for seven years, and Garbutt for four-and-a-half years.

He said: "You, Carl Garbutt, were a willing participant in the delivery, the dealing of drugs to other people. You were playing a much lesser role, I'm satisfied. Your report is as depressing a document as I've had the misfortune to read. …

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