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A 'THIRD-STRIKE' drug dealer has been jailed for six years.

Simon Barclay was caught by police in Huddersfield town centre following a road accident.

Barclay failed to stop the Rover car he was driving when police were alerted by their automatic number plate recognition system.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that Barclay drove through a red light at the junction of Wakefield Road and St Andrew''s Road in Aspley and collided with two other vehicles.

Prosecutor Duncan Ritchie told the court that Barclay then fled along a canal towpath and was seen to throS w an object in some nearby bushes.

After he was arrested, a police search dog recovered the package which was found to contain 31 wraps of heroin and 18 wraps of crack cocaine.

Mr Ritchie said one of the drivers involved in the collision had suffered back and neck injuries.

Barclay, 28, of Longfield Avenue, Dalton, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to offences of possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply arising out of the incident last September.

Judge James Stewart QC was told yesterday that Barclay had served two previous sentences for drug trafficking offences.

Barrister Gillian Batts, for Barclay, described him as "a low level retailer of Class A drugs".

She said his offending had been in order to fuel his own addiction, but he had now taken steps to address his drug problem.

Miss Batts said Barclay had managed to get his first job in over a decade and had been trying to move away from the area where he lived.

Judge Stewart said Barclay had been jailed before for three-and-a-half years and five years and had obviously not learned his lesson.


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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 28, 2009
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