Two jailed for drug dealing
24 May 2016 15:13 PM[View Full Size]
Two men have been jailed after being caught dealing drugs hidden in a North Tyneside park.
The pair, Sean Cairns and Paul Miller, have been jailed for a total of five years eight months at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday, May 23, after pleading guilty to conspiring to supply heroin (Class A drugs) across North Tyneside.
Cairns aged 25, of Broadacre, Wardley in Gateshead, and Miller aged 35, of Minton Lane in North Shields were both arrested after police were made aware of suspicious activity in Linear Park in North Shields.
A Northumbria Police operation to crackdown on drug dealers across North Tyneside last May had led to the men hiding thousands of pounds worth of heroin inside the park, in a failed bid to avoid being found by officers.
Miller's home had earlier been raided by police when officers recovered £1,900 in cash hidden in a pair of wellington boots.
Both Miller and Cairns were later stopped by police leaving Linear Park after collecting heroin they had hidden in the park. Police seized £500 worth of heroin from the car, and found Miller had £1,375 in cash and multiple mobile phones.
Officers went on to make a search of Linear Park and recovered £5,000 of heroin wrapped in plastic bags and left under rocks in the dene. In total officers seized £5,442 in cash along with their Volvo car.
Miller has been sentenced to 38 months imprisonment and Cairns to 30 months imprisonment. A proceeds of crime hearing is scheduled for September.