County Lines dealer jailed for selling drugs in Harrogate and Ripon

County Lines dealer jailed for selling drugs in Harrogate and Ripon

Published by Harry Long at 3:25pm 9th October 2019.

A 'county lines' drug dealer has been jailed for four years for selling heroin and crack cocaine in Harrogate and Ripon.  

  • Curtis Gary Anthony Coburn, from Manchester, sold Class A drugs in Harrogate and Ripon. 
  • He regularly travelled across the Pennines to sell drugs. 
  • He was sentenced to four years in a Young Offenders Institute on Monday at York Crown Court.   

20 year-old Curtis Gary Anthony Coburn, from Manchester, travelled regularly between the city and North Yorkshire.  

He stayed at various addresses of known and sometimes vulnerable drug users in a practice known as “cuckooing”.

County Lines dealing is where  drug dealers from urban areas exploit vulnerable people in rural areas.   

In December 2018, Coburn was found at a property in Harrogate where he told officers he was homeless and was carrying a lock-knife to chop apples and open tins, yet he was in possession of £805 in cash.

In January, officers attended the home of a vulnerable drug user in Ripon and found Coburn alone at the address. He was found in possession of 38 wraps of heroin and cocaine, a bag of cannabis, two mobile phones and £635 in cash.

He was arrested at various intervals during this period and charged with a drug and weapon related offences.  He was remanded in custody in July pending his court hearing on 7 October at which he pleaded guilty to several drugs charges.  

He was also sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for breaching a suspended sentence order.

Detective Constable Tom Barker of North Yorkshire Police’s Operation Expedite team, said:

“Coburn caused misery to communities in Harrogate and Ripon and we are pleased he is now behind bars. He fits the typical county lines drug runner profile and was himself exploited by out-of-town drug dealers further up the chain. As well as taking a potentially dangerous person off the streets, we hope his time in custody allows him to get help to divert his behaviour to something more positive. He is 20 years old and no doubt a victim of criminal exploitation, but that does not and cannot excuse his criminal behaviour.  We urge any young person who is trapped in such a cycle of criminality to get help and find a way out before it’s too late.”