Drug dealer caught red-handed selling heroin in Grantham, court hears

Leon Lindridge.
Leon Lindridge.
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A Grantham man has been jailed after he was caught red-handed selling Class A drug heroin in the centre of the town.

Leon Lindridge, 28, was watched by plain clothes police officers as he met with another man in Stanton Street close to the town’s Morrisons car park.

Andrew Howarth, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court: “They saw a man walk from the car park and use his mobile phone. Shortly afterwards an older man was walking from the direction of Westgate. That was the defendant. They acknowledged each other.

“The other man produced a quantity of bank notes. The officers correctly identified the incident as a drug deal.

“The defendant was seen to reach into his trouser pocket and produce a packet which he threw towards the other man. Both men ran off.”

Mr Howarth said the men fled in different directions but were pursued and arrested.

The man seen exchanging the notes with Lindridge apparently in return for a packet had eight wraps of heroin on him.

Police later found evidence of drug taking when they searched Lindridge’s flat nearby.

Lindridge, of Westgate, admitted possession of drugs with intent to supply on July 19, 2012.

He also admitted breach of bail by failing to appear at an earlier hearing.

He was jailed for 30 months.

Recorder Yvonne Coen QC told him: “This is so serious that the only sentence that can be justified is a sentence of immediate custody.”

Mark Knowles, defending, described Lindridge as “easily led” and told the court his client was introduced to heroin by friends.

He said that since being remanded into custody, Lindridge had managed to stop taking drugs altogether and is motivated to continue his progress.