Drug dealer was so desperate for cash he stole from own grandmother

Levi McDonald, 20.
Levi McDonald, 20.
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A dodgy drifter who pitched up in Whitby to sell heroin and amphetamine has been jailed for just under three years.

Levi McDonald, 20, notorious for his unedifying ASBO record, rented room space in a seaside cottage which he used as a base for dealing.

McDonald, originally from Guisborough, was arrested when police raided the cottage on July 20 last year and found 13 wraps of heroin as well as 106g of amphetamine worth over £1,000 on the street.

He was charged with possessing Class A and B drugs with intent to supply and appeared for sentence at York Crown Court on Monday after admitting the offences.

The court heard that McDonald, of no fixed abode, was currently serving a 12-month prison sentence for burglary, theft and handling stolen goods. The offences included stealing from his own grandmother.

Prosecutor Stephanie Hancock said the Crown did not accept McDonald’s claim that he had made no financial gain from the dealing operation and that he was only selling the drugs to pay off a £2,000 drug debt.

She added, however, that the Crown would proceed to sentence on his spurious basis of plea because it wouldn’t make any material difference to the sentence he received.

She said that as well as the 3g of heroin and large stash of amphetamine, officers found £90 in cash, weighing scales and incriminating text messages on McDonald’s phone.

McDonald had 17 previous convictions for 41 offences including many for breaching anti-social behaviour orders.

His lawyer Simon Walker said McDonald had racked up a £2,000 drug debt after developing a cannabis habit and his supplier gave him an ultimatum which involved going to Whitby and selling drugs for them to pay off the arrears.

He claimed that Mconald’s drug overlord had found him some accommodation and told him to stay at the flat for four months, but he was nabbed two months into the dealing operation.

Following his arrest, McDonald was bailed and went back to live in Guisborough where he committed the burglary, theft and handling offences in the latter part of 2016.

The court heard that McDonald was so desperate for cash he even stole from his grandmother. He received the 12-month jail sentence for those offences in January.

Judge Andrew Stubbs QC said that by shifting hard drugs around Whitby, McDonald had “effectively been peddling misery to other drug users” in a desperate bid to pay off his drug debt.

McDonald was jailed for 32 months, which will run consecutively to his current sentence.