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Jailed heroin dealer warned he will lose 'dignity' and 'self-respect'

Thu, 05 May 2016


"Class A drugs destroy people's lives" - that's what a heroin user has been told as he was sent to prison for almost four years.
 
At Douglas Courthouse yesterday Deemster Mongtomerie warned Stuart Urquhart that relapsing into drug use on his release would lead to the loss of his dignity and "any form of self-respect".
 
Police stopped the 39-year-old on Fairfield Terrace in Douglas on February 4th - he was carrying heroin with a street value of £2,260 and a pair of weighing scales. 
 
Urquhart, who has no previous convictions, later admitted possessing the Class A drug and possession of it with intent to supply. 
 
His advocate told the court the joiner had been using heroin "on and off" for a number of years and was supplying the drug to fund his own addiction and not to make a profit.
 
He cited health issues - and complications with medication due to previous addiction - as the reason Urquhart had "submitted to temptation" when in pain. 
 
Jailing him for three years and 11 months Deemster Montgomerie told him "it's clear to me you need to break out the cycle in which you were living - in other words keep away from drugs".
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