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 Jail for prolific Stanley drug dealer


​A prolific drug dealer who caused misery to a County Durham town has been jailed for more than seven years.

Anthony Parkin was arrested after officers carried out a warrant at his home in Frosterley Gardens, Annfield Plain, Stanley, in July this year.

During the search, they found heroin, cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis, as well as firearms ammunition, pepper spray, two air rifles and an air pistol.

The 36-year-old was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply a controlled Class A drug (heroin and cocaine) and two counts of possession with intent to supply a controlled Class B drug (cannabis and amphetamine).

He was also charged with possession of ammunition for a firearm when prohibited for life, possession of a firearm without a certificate, possession a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid, possession of an air weapon when prohibited for life and possession of a firearm when prohibited for life.

He pleaded guilty to the offences at Durham Crown Court on Wednesday (December 18), where he was jailed for seven years and eight months.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Lawrence, who led the investigation, said: “Parkin caused misery to people in Stanley so we are extremely pleased with this result, which has seen him jailed for over seven years. I hope this sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate criminality of this nature on our force area.

“It is clearly good news that these drugs and weapons will not now be circulating in our communities.”

The warrant was carried out as a result of intelligence received form the community and forms part of Operation Sentinel - the force’s dedicated campaign to tackle serious and organised crime across the region.

Anyone with any information on illegal activity in their area should call us on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.