Scarborough Police hail incarceration of local Class A drug dealer

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Aaron James Harris

Aaron James Harris, 24, of Aberdeen Walk, pleaded guilty to being concerned about being offered cocaine at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on August 1.

He was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison by York Crown Court on Tuesday August 23.

Harris’ offense occurred in Scarborough between November 3, 2021 and January 16, 2022 and was discovered by officers from the Operation Expedite Proactive Team.

It revolved around the activities of a “deal-line” connected to two cell phones which were used to offer cocaine.

Constable Jessie Landers, who led the investigation, said: ‘Harris’ successful conviction was based on a detailed analysis of call data and mobile phone downloads.

‘We were able to prove beyond any doubt that both phones were linked to Harris, and it was clear from the text messages released 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 crimes that we will find them and bring them to justice.”

Anyone with information about a suspected drug-related crime is asked 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 needed.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or report online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Signs of drug dealing may include

Increase in the number of callers to a property at any time of the day or night

Increased number of cars stopping for short periods

Different accents in one property

Antisocial behavior in a property

Not seeing the resident for long periods of time

Drug-related waste – small plastic bags, syringes

Windows covered or curtains closed for long periods

Get help for addiction

North Yorkshire Horizons – specialist drug and alcohol service for adults – freephone 08000 14 14 80 – nyhorizons.org.uk/

North Yorkshire Rise – specialist drug and alcohol service for young people – freephone 08000 14 14 80 (option 2) – humankindcharity.org.uk/service/nyrise/

City of York Drugs and Alcohol Service – 01904 464 680 -changing-lives.org.uk/services/drug-alcohol/york-drug-alcohol-support-services/

NHS -nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/drug-addiction-getting-help/

FRANK phone support and information – https://www.talktofrank.com/

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