A DRUG dealer caught with 33 wraps of cocaine in Cotmanhay while on bail for another offence has been jailed for four years.
Lee Dunmore was called a ‘hopeless addict’ by his barrister when he described how the 36-year-old was caught with the drugs, thought to be worth more than £300 on May 18.
Adrian Reynolds, defending Dunmore, said: “We are dealing with an addict in the true sense of the word. He has been addicted to drugs for a long time.
“This is not someone living a golden lifestyle on the back of selling drugs. He is a hopeless addict.”
On December 3 last year police searched Dunmore’s address in Barlborough Road, Cotmanhay, where they found rolls of cling film and cash in his kitchen, Katrina Wilson, prosecuting, told the court.
He admitted to officers he had drugs in his pocket ‘for personal use’, which they found to include 12 cling film wraps of crack cocaine, worth about £120, four pills of morphine, worth about £5 each, and a wrap of diamorphine, worth about £10.
While on bail for this offence, officers making routine enquiries in Cotmanhay Road spotted Dunmore in the passenger seat of a car on May 18.
At first he told police his name was Wayne, but when asked for ID admitted to officers who he was and released three wraps of cocaine from his clenched fist.
On the car seat were 30 wraps of cocaine, worth about £10 each, the court heard.
Dunmore pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.
Sentencing him at Nottingham Crown Court last Wednesday, Judge Michael Stokes warned Dunmore, who was previously handed a three year sentence in 2004, he faced seven years if he was caught committing a similar offence again.
“That period of time didn’t do the trick,” he said.
“The aggravating feature here is that you were on bail when you committed a further offence.”
He sentenced Dunmore to four years, less the 40 days he has already served in police custody.