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 Garage owner jailed for eight years for drug offences


​A police investigation into large scale drug production has led to a man being jailed for eight years.

Garage owner, Karl Fry, will be spending Christmas in custody after he allowed drug dealers to store their goods on his premises – Fry’s Family Auto Services, on Brunswick Street, in Stockton.

Officers from Durham Constabulary raided the garage on November 25 last year and found more than 24,300 Etizolam tablets and a large quantity of Pregabalin capsules, both Class C drugs, as well as a quantity of Spice.

The estimated street value of the drugs - which were being distributed across the region, including in Darlington - was around £244,888.

The garage was raided again in February this year, where officers found a further 108,000 Paracetamol tablets used to cut with heroin and cocaine, a tablet press, blender and mixer, as well as moulds used in the production of blocks of heroin. A large quantity of binding agent, as well as heroin, was also recovered. 

Fry was charged with several offences, including conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, possession of Class B and Class C drugs with intent to supply and possession of criminal property.

The 31-year-old, of Stockton, admitted the offences and was jailed for eight years at Teesside Crown Court. A judge also ordered him to pay back £8,580.

Detective Constable Jonathan Keenan, from Darlington CID, led the investigation. He said: “This was a protracted and extensive investigation into drug supply into our force area by an organised crime group, which I am pleased has resulted in a jail sentence for Fry.

“Drugs are a blight on society and cause absolute misery for our residents. We will not tolerate this type of offending in County Durham and Darlington, and we will do everything we can to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

“If you have any information on potential drug dealing or drug production in your area, please call us on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”