A DRUG dealer who was caught selling heroin and crack cocaine on the streets of Bolton has been jailed.

Bolton Crown Court heard how police spotted Andrew Chadderton dealing drugs from a black Renault Megane in Back Bury Road just after 9am on March 3.

Nichola Carroll, prosecuting, told how the officers followed Chadderton and saw him complete another drug deal a short distance away.

When they arrested him and opened the car door there was a strong smell of cannabis and a cannabis grinder, three mobile phones and bag containing £1,400 cash were inside the vehicle.

Chadderton was searched and found to be carrying 37 small and three large wraps of heroin as well as nine wraps of crack cocaine.

Altogether the drugs had an estimated street value of £1,430.

Miss Carroll said that Chadderton, who had six previous criminal convictions, tested positive for heroin use when he was taken to the police station.

Chadderton pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

Robin Kitching, defending, said Chadderton, aged 36, of Bury Road, Breightmet, had started dealing after falling into debt with his own drug suppliers.

He added that he is now studying for qualifications and has rid himself of his own heroin addiction.

Sentencing Chadderton to two years and four months in jail, Rowena Goode told him: “This clearly was for financial gain and, on behalf of somebody, very considerable gain.

“You were led into this by a degree of pressure, although the choice was yours.”