Sunderland man caught offering Class A drugs on Facebook group

A Facebook user who offered class A drugs in a group on the social media site has been spared jail.

Friday, 16th August 2019, 5:17 pm
Updated Monday, 11th November 2019, 12:58 pm
Swan Lodge in Sunderland

Glynn Proctor was a member of a page set up by residents of Swan Lodge Salvation Army hostel in Sunderland in 2017.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 45-year-old offered blister packs of methadone based drugs to be "swapped with others".

Proctor, of no fixed address, admitted possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.Judge Edward Bindloss sentenced him to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months with rehabilitation and programme requirements.Judge Bindloss told him: "In October 2017 at Swan Lodge there was a Facebook group amongst residents and swapping medication occurred."You had some tablets of class A that you put into that group to be swapped with others."Police went through your room and found blister packs."You pleaded guilty that you would have made those tablets available to be swapped among the group."The court heard Proctor has stayed out of trouble since the offence, which was almost two years ago.He has previous convictions.Judge Bindloss added: "This is serious offending. It is serious because other people taking those drugs could have been significantly effected by them."I accept there was no money involved here. This was not a commercial enterprise."

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A Salvation Army spokesperson said after the case: "Swan Lodge supports people from a variety of backgrounds, who have had challenging life experiences and have come to us at a point of vulnerability and need - we work with them as they tackle the issues that led to them becoming homeless, including battling addiction.

“The safety of all of our residents is paramount, and we work with them to prevent lifestyle choices that put them at risk."Should residents make poor decisions around substance abuse our professional staff are trained to respond so that further harm is avoided and appropriate aftercare and ongoing support is provided."