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Cocaine dealer, 22, jailed for three years
A 22-year-old man caught dealing cocaine from a dumped caravan on a Bradford housing estate has been jailed for three years.
Gavin Lister was inside with the caravan, along with two blocks of cocaine weighing 374 grams, dealer bags, plastic gloves, scales and 28 wraps of the drug.
Lister, of Lymington Drive, Holme Wood, at first denied any part in drug dealing, saying he “chilled out” in the caravan every day.
He then claimed he was threatened and pressured into involvement but Judge John Potter rejected that explanation after hearing evidence from Lister at a trial of issue before the sentencing hearing.
Lister pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply on September 6 last year.
The court was told that two Police Community Support Officers radioed for assistance when they saw suspicious activity at the caravan, including a man leaving with a bag of white powder.
Lister’s barrister, Kate Batty, said the qualified car mechanic who was from a respectable, hard working family, knew he was going to prison.
He became entrenched in drug use, partly out of boredom and partly to go along with others he knew who were doing the same thing, she told the court.
“He does feel alone on the local estate and he does want to fit in,” Mrs Batty said.
No money was found in the caravan and he was dealing to pay off a drug debt.
“He was a player in a larger operation,” Mrs Batty said.
Judge Potter set a timetable for a Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation hearing when he will be told how much Lister made from his criminality and whether he had any assets to seize. The next time the case will come before the court is December 9.