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American brother told police about Oxford drug dealer
7:00am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A FORMER US sheriff told police his brother was dealing heroin, in a desperate bid to get him away from a dealer, a court heard.
But police instead charged the brother, 42-year-old Andrew Bishop, with drug dealing.
Officers found 12 wraps of heroin, one of cocaine and £315 in cash at his Marston Street, Oxford, home in February, prosecutor Ann Evans told Oxford Crown Court.
Mrs Evans said the defendant’s dealer gave him drugs and cash for food but he wanted to stop dealing after using £300 worth of the illegal substances himself.
She said: “He hadn’t approached police because he was afraid of what would happen.”
Lucy Tapper, defending, said Bishop was “naive” and a “victim” with mental health problems who relapsed after the 2012 death of his mother.
She said: “He really felt he had no option but to do what this [dealer] asks of him.”
Bishop admitted two counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.
Judge Gordon Risius sentenced him to two years in jail suspended for two years with a £100 victims’ surcharge and a six-month requirement to attend drug rehabilitation.
After the hearing the defendant’s brother Christopher Bishop, a deputy sheriff from 2004 to 2007 in Youngstown, Ohio, said he now regrets tipping off police.
Thames Valley Police said attempts to find the alleged dealer were unsuccessful.