Police in Scarborough have welcomed the jailing of a local Class A drug dealer.
Aaron James Harris (pictured below), aged 24, of Aberdeen Walk, was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment at York Crown Court today (Tuesday 23 August 2022).
He pleaded guilty to being concerned in offering to supply cocaine at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on 1 August.
Harris’ offending occurred in Scarborough between 3 November 2021 and 16 January 2022 and was uncovered by officers from the Operation Expedite Proactive Team.
It centred around the activities of a ‘deal-line’ linked to two mobile phones which were used to offer the supply of cocaine.
Police Constable Jessie Landers, who led the investigation, said:
“The successful conviction of Harris was built upon detailed analysis of call data and mobile phone downloads.
“We were able to prove beyond any doubt that the two phones were linked to Harris, and it was clear from the text message broadcasts that he was offering the sale of cocaine during this two-month period.
“The investigation team welcomes the custodial sentence, and this result is another stark warning to those involved in drug-related crime that we will track them down and bring them to justice.”
Reporting information about drug-related crime
Anyone with any information about suspected drug-related crime is urged to make a report via the North Yorkshire Police website or by calling 101, option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room.
Always dial 999 if an emergency response is required.
If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or make a report online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
The signs of drug dealing can include:
Increased callers at a property at all times of the day or night
Increase in cars pulling up for short periods of time
Different accents at a property
Anti-social behaviour at a property
Not seeing the resident for long periods of time
Drug-related rubbish – small plastic bags, syringes
Windows covered or curtains closed for long periods
Get help for drug addiction
North Yorkshire Horizons - adult specialist drug and alcohol service - freephone 08000 14 14 80 – nyhorizons.org.uk/