Shameless grandad sold drugs to raise money for his grandchildren’s birthday presents

·Freelance Writer

A real-life version of Frank Gallagher from TV’s Shameless has been jailed after selling drugs to raise cash for his grandchildren’s birthday presents.

Ian Ray, 59, was put behind bars for two years by a judge who told him he looked “about 80” because he had used drugs for most of his adult life.

The window cleaner was caught after police stopped a man outside his home with 2.3g of amphetamine worth £15 to £25.

Police searched his home and found 42 deal bags of amphetamine, weighing 99g, which were valued at between £600 and £1,000.

They also discovered a container of 193g of amphetamine worth between £1,300 and £2,100.

Ray, of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts., sold the drugs to pay off his debts and to pay for birthday gifts for his 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Sentencing him on Wednesday, Judge Stuart Rafferty QC told him in the dock it was obvious he had been using drugs for most of his adult life.

Convicted: Ian Ray was sentenced to two years at Nottingham Crown Court (Google)
Convicted: Ian Ray was sentenced to two years at Nottingham Crown Court (Google)

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He said: “You are 59 years of age and you look about 80 and that is what the drugs have done to you and for you.

“You have never shaken them fully and there is little hope now, even with all the help you are getting, that you ever will.”

He added: “One of the reasons you got back into dealing was to buy presents for your grandchildren.

“So you were busy and still you couldn’t make ends meet. Why? Because it was probably going up your own nose or in your arm.”

Prosecutor David Allan said Ray had 20 previous convictions, including a three-year prison sentence for possessing amphetamine with intent to supply from 2010.

Ray, of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts., admitted possessing amphetamine with intent to supply and was jailed for two years at Nottingham Crown Court.

Speaking after the sentencing Sergeant Gavin Berry, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Ray’s conviction serves as a warning to other individuals involved in drug crime that they will be brought to justice.”

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