A DRUG addict with an ‘appalling’ record caught with heroin worth more than £63,000 has been jailed.
Simon Davies, 45, was arrested when police searched a property in Durham Street, Gosport after a tip-off.
Officers had also kept watch on a caravan parked in the driveway.
Davies was spotted leaving the caravan and attempting to dump a carrier bag in the garden of a neighbouring house.
Police seized the bag and found it contained 18 wraps of heroin.
On searching the caravan officers discovered 623g of the class A drug with a potential street value of £63,200.
Davies, who has 35 previous convictions, admitted possessing a class A drug with intent to supply on October 5.
His plea was accepted by the prosecution on the basis that he was looking after the drugs for his dealer.
Louisa Bagley, defending, said: ‘This is a man who clearly made a poor decision in relation to his agreement to keep this heroin for his dealer.
‘This is a gentleman who has a long-term heroin addiction but who had remained clean from drugs for five years until January this year and sadly relapsed at that period.’
Davies, of Lyndberg Close, Gosport, was sentenced to two years in jail at Portsmouth Crown Court.
Recorder Simon Privett, sentencing, said: ‘You were found in possession of a considerable quantity of heroin and I take into account the basis of plea which was that you were invited to look after it and you didn’t know the scale or extent of what was going on, simply that you were looking after it because of your habit.’
Recorder Privett added: ‘One of the aggravating features I have to consider is your appalling record which includes many offences of dishonesty and possession of drugs.’