Keen-eyed CCTV operators spot drug dealers near seafront leisure centre

Jordan McMichael and Travan Deighton pictured outside Hull Crown Court
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Police caught three young drug dealers, who had been selling either cocaine or heroin, after eagle-eyed CCTV operators spotted suspicious activity in the Bridlington seafront area.

Officers quickly detained the suspects after they were seen in the Leisure World area of the resort and they were all found to have been involved in drug dealing. They claimed that they were ordered to sell drugs by others further up the supply chain.

One of them had a drug addiction that cost him between £300 and £1,000 a day, Hull Crown Court heard.

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Jordan McMichael, 24, of Bransholme, Hull, admitted being concerned in supplying cocaine on November 13. Travan Deighton, 18, of Holborn Approach, Leeds, and Callum Robinson, 24, of Woodhouse, Leeds, both admitted being concerned in supplying cocaine and heroin.

Cathy Kioko-Gilligan, prosecuting, said that police in Bridlington received information from CCTV operators that suspected drug dealing was going on in the seafront area near the leisure centre at 2.30pm.

McMichael, Deighton and Robinson were seen and arrested. McMichael had bags of cocaine in his trouser pocket. A mobile phone had drug dealing text messages on it, including requests to him for drugs.

Deighton was later strip searched and two small wraps of cocaine were seized.

Robinson had mobile phones, £176 cash and bagged cocaine. He told police: "It's cocaine, innit." Drug-related phone messages were found.

McMichael had convictions for five previous offences, including attempting to possess cocaine in November 2020. Deighton had no previous convictions and Robinson had convictions for 12 previous offences.

Benjamin Donnell, mitigating, said McMichael had been put under pressure to sell drugs because he had built up a drug debt. He had since kept off drugs and alcohol and he was working. He was willing to work with the probation service.

McMichael accepted street dealing cocaine but he claimed that he was not involved for very long, the court heard. He would give the proceeds of the dealing to the people he worked for under direction. He felt intimidated into doing what he did.

Jazmine Lee, representing Deighton, said that the teenager was 17 at the time of the offences. He was "on the wrong path" and he did not know where the drugs came from that he was selling. He was not in charge of the telephone drugs line.

"He knew what was going on," said Miss Lee. "He didn't know what he was getting himself into." Deighton was told to go to Bridlington with two others and he foolishly went along with it.

The court heard that Robinson was friends with McMichael and he knew him from living in Leeds. They met up in Bridlington and planned to "go out for a pint".

Robinson became involved in drug dealing because of a debt and he pleaded guilty on the basis that his drug addiction was £300 a day at its worst. He admitted during police interview, however, that he bought drugs for £300 to £1,000 a day because of his addiction. He claimed that the money found with him was mostly his own.

Judge Tahir Khan KC said: "You three went to Bridlington in order to deal drugs on behalf of others who were much more sophisticated and involved in drug dealing than you were.

"You were acting on the instructions of others, who preyed on you young men and made you do bad things, namely dealing in drugs that you probably would never have entertained but for the influence of other more sophisticated offenders.

"Anybody who involves themselves in Class A drug dealing must expect to receive a custodial sentence of some sort, whether it's immediate or suspended. There is no doubt that this type of offending causes misery for people."

Judge Khan told McMichael: "You acted under direction. You were frightened about the consequences of not being involved and not doing what you were told. You and your family were threatened."

McMichael, formerly of Holyrood Avenue, Bridlington, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence, 200 hours' unpaid work, 10 days' rehabilitation and a 120-day monitoring order.

Deighton was given a 15-month suspended custodial sentence, 200 hours' unpaid work and 10 days' rehabilitation. Robinson, who was in custody on remand, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence, six months' drug rehabilitation and 15 days' rehabilitation.