Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Walter Mitty' Drug Dealer Is Jailed for Seven Years

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Walter Mitty' Drug Dealer Is Jailed for Seven Years

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT gareth.lightfoot@trinitymirror.com @GazetteCourt

A FANTASIST with a "cottage industry" dealing cocaine has been jailed for almost seven years.

Daniel Green was described as a "Walter Mitty" figure full of warped self-importance and lofty aspirations.

He claimed to have multi-millionpound business ideas which, in reality, could have been scribbled on a beer mat, said his own barrister.

The 28-year-old dreamer came down to earth with a bump when he was arrested for nicking a chicken sarnie from Tesco.

He had PS14,780, three CS gas canisters, a knuckle duster and a Swiss Army BB pistol in his Transit van, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Bizarrely, the van also contained a survival kit, a teeth whitening kit and a chain for chopping down trees.

Jonathan Walker, defending, said: "He's a complete fantasist, but to his credit, he throws everything into it."

"He does demonstrate a massive level of enthusiasm.

"He liked having a pretty girl on his arm. He liked the money."

The car salesman was caught with a variety of drugs twice in two years.

He was first arrested as the front passenger of a Seat behind the Pig Iron pub on Albert Mews, central Middlesbrough, at midnight on July 21, 2014. He had 8.91g of cocaine, worth PS400, in 10 packages in his jeans pocket, Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday.

He also had two bags of M-Cat or mephedrone and PS460 cash, with digital scales in the front passenger door of the car.

Officers found four packets of amphetamines, six bags of cannabis, more scales and an apparent "dealer's list" of names and cash amounts at his home in Northallerton.

Texts were found on his phone reading "can you do me a gram on tick til Tuesday please" and "you got any sniff mate".

Prosecutor Shaun Dryden said Green was bailed by police, but an "oversight" meant the case was not followed up and he was free to continue dealing. Nothing was done until Green was caught again almost a year later. …

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