Bradford man jailed after drug dealing in Harrogate

Bradford man jailed after drug dealing in Harrogate

Published by May Norman at 5:41am 14th February 2020.

JAILED: Another county lines drug dealer taken off Harrogate streets

  • A Bradford man's been jailed for two years after being caught in Harrogate dealing heroin and crack cocaine.
  • 21-year-old Reece North pleaded guilty to two charges after being caught by CCTV cameras and plain-clothed police officers carrying out a suspected drug deal in the town.
  • He was found to be carrying 40 individual wraps and around 100 pounds in cash.

A 21-year-old Bradford man has been jailed for two years and three months after being caught in Harrogate dealing heroin and crack cocaine.

Reece North of Harden Grove pleaded guilty to two charges, one of possessing heroin with intent to supply and one of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

He was jailed for 27 months for each offence, with the sentences to run concurrently.

He was also given an additional month in prison for failing to attend an earlier court hearing.

Reece-North-man jailed following county lines operation in Harrogate
21-year-old Reece North now faces 2 years in prison

His accomplice, a 17-year-old boy who was 16 at the time and cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. He is due to be sentenced at a later date.

Back in July 2018, thanks to Harrogate CCTV operators and plain-clothed officers from North Yorkshire Police’s Operation Expedite team, the pair were arrested shortly after being seen on camera carrying out a suspected drug deal in the town centre.

Officers intercepted them a short time later on Oxford Street.

North was found to be carrying 40 individual wraps of heroin and crack cocaine and around £100 in cash. Officers seized a knife and mobile phones from the 16-year-old boy.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Tom Barker of the Operation Expedite team, said:

“This was typical of county lines drug dealing with the pair travelling across the county border to pedal drugs in North Yorkshire.

“The result means two more drug dealers have been taken off the streets of Harrogate in the wake of a number of other arrests related to county lines drug dealing this week. I hope local people are reassured that we are doing everything we can to address the problem of drugs in the town.

“We urge members of the public to continue to report information about drug dealing in their community. No matter how small, it all helps to form a bigger picture, and you can be assured that will take action.”

County lines

“County lines” is the term given to a form of organised crime in which drug dealers from urban areas exploit vulnerable people – including children – and force them to deal drugs in smaller towns and cities.

It takes its name from the mobile phone lines used by dealers to communicate between towns, take orders & conduct their “business”.

The lines are used to advertise drugs for sale and mass text messages are sent to users letting them know where and when they can buy drugs.

The lines become valuable protected “brands”.

Violence and intimidation is prevalent within county lines.

Due to the exploitation of vulnerable people associated with it, it is a key, operational priority for North Yorkshire Police.