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Sunday, 24 May 2015

4½ years prison for heroin dealer

Philip Bright : Jailed for four-and-a-half years yesterday

By Staff Reporter

A DRUG dealer who began peddling heroin in Carlisle to feed his addiction and help clear his debts was jailed for four-and-a-half years yesterday.

Philip Bright, 32, was still in the dock at Carlisle Crown Court as his girlfriend Jacqueline Clifford, 30, was spared a prison sentence after she also admitted drugs charges.

The couple, of Jubilee Road, Currock, were arrested last summer during Operation Mombassa – a police crackdown on street level heroin dealing in Carlisle.

Clifford admitted supplying heroin on July 28, being concerned in the supply of heroin on July 31 and possession of heroin on September 16. She was ordered to undergo a drug testing and treatment order, with the possibility of a custodial sentence if this does not work out.

Bright, who admitted two counts of supplying heroin on July 31 and August 1, was given a three-year jail sentence for each drug charge, to run concurrently.

He was sentenced to 18 months, to run consecutively, for burgling a house in Bedford Road, Carlisle, in April 2003.

Dick Binstead, prosecuting, said the police operation, which ran from mid-July to mid-August, involved the use of an undercover police officer, identified only as “Lee.”

On September 16, police arrested the couple at their home and seized two wraps of heroin.

Mr Binstead said that in police interviews both admitted being heroin addicts and Bright claimed he was in debt because of his addiction and was dealing to pay his creditors.

Malcolm Dutchman-Smith, in mitigation for Bright, said: “There is no evidence of him pushing drugs on the street.

He is a long-term addict.”

Andrew Ford, in mitigation for Clifford, said: “There is nothing else in her life which is negative.”

More than a dozen people have now been convicted as a direct result of Operation Mombassa.

One of the longest sentences was given to 41-year-old Gary Miller, of Greystone Road, Carlisle, who was jailed for three years and four months for a series of drug offences. He was caught after selling heroin to an undercover police officer.

A further eight dealers caught in the operation are awaiting sentence.