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Drug find puts man back in jail cell; ROBBER'S EASY MONEY HOPE.

Byline: By HILARY CLIXBY

A CONVICTED robber who turned drug dealer to make "easy money" on his release from an eight-year jail term is back behind bars.

Christopher Dixon was arrested outside a probation office minutes before police raided his home in Newcastle's West End.

Found in the search were two bags of amphetamine sulphate hidden under the fireplace in the living-room and a further 10 bags of the same drug hanging from a tree near a fence.

Hidden inside a video recorder discarded in the garden were 50 Ecstasy tablets.

Also recovered was pounds 720 cash and digital scales with traces of amphetamine sulphate.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the street value of the 11oz of amphetamine seized was between pounds 840 and pounds 1,200 and the Ecstasy between pounds 40 and pounds 150.

Dixon, who was living in Ravenshill Road, West Denton, at the time of the search in December 2007, admitted possessing Class A and B drugs with intent.

The 30-year-old has numerous previous convictions and was jailed for eight years in 2003 for conspiracy to rob.

Paul Addison, defending, said: "He has no previous convictions for drugs.

"I am instructed what happened is he was tempted after being released from prison by what he thought was an easy way to make money and he bitterly regrets that now and indicates that through his plea.

"He married last June and he hopes when this is out of the way to be able to live some kind of responsible life." Dixon, who has already been recalled to serve the outstanding balance of his previous sentence, was jailed for three years and four months.

Passing sentence, Judge Brian Forster told him: "Whatever the value, it is right you should understand, and the public should understand, that the evil of the possession of drug of this nature, is that it leads to addiction.

"That leads to a spiral of decline in the life of the drug taker and the court has to do everything in its power to stamp it out."

The judge ordered the forfeiture of the pounds 720 and the destruction of the drugs.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 19, 2009
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