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Robber, 36, who was awarded £7,000 compensation after he was injured in prison is back behind bars

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A robber who was compensated £7,000 after he was injured in jail while serving time for robbery is back behind bars after he blew the cash on drugs. 

Gold-toothed Mark Russell, 36, from Derby, received the pay-out after he was hurt in jail during his six years inside for robbery.

On March 18 this year, two years after being freed, bin-man Russell was arrested after police caught him dealing drugs.

Officers swooped on a house in Derby and found Russell’s stash of heroin and cocaine along with cash.

Gold-toothed Mark Russell, 36, pictured, from Derby, received a £7,000 pay-out after he was hurt in jail during a six year sentence for robbery from 2015

Gold-toothed Mark Russell, 36, pictured, from Derby, received a £7,000 pay-out after he was hurt in jail during a six year sentence for robbery from 2015

His then-partner’s home in Crecy Close, Stockbrook, was also raided and searched. 

In total, more than £9,000 of drugs was recovered.

On Wednesday November 17, he was jailed for four years and eight months after he admitted possession with intent to supply at Derby Crown Court. 

The court heard when he was released from prison, he was awarded £7,000 compensation for an injury suffered behind bars, then he got a job as a council binman.

His defence solicitor said he was forced to give the job up after be broke his hand, so returned to using drugs, specifically Mamba, and began drug dealing.     

Career criminal Russell has 19 previous convictions for 37 offences dating between 1999 to 2019, including robbery.

Russell is said to have arrived at court with bags packed knowing he would be sent to prison.

Jailing him for four years and eight months, Judge Robert Egbuna said: ‘All of these drugs are extremely destructive as you are well aware.

‘You will also be well aware if you are caught you will be handed a significant custodial sentence.

‘You were dealing in significant amounts and it has been advanced on your behalf you have been a drug user and your antecedent history (criminal record) is consistent with that.

‘That is all the more reason why you should not be peddling these kind of drugs because when you do this it is purely for financial gain.’

Prosecutor Dawn Pritchard said officers recovered a tub containing wraps of heroin and crack cocaine from a chair in the living room.

Mamba was also found in the raid. 

PC Shazia Anwar, of Derbyshire Police, said: 'This is a great result for the Littleover community. Russell was selling drugs that cause serious issues in our area and that he is now behind bars is hugely positive'

PC Shazia Anwar, of Derbyshire Police, said: ‘This is a great result for the Littleover community. Russell was selling drugs that cause serious issues in our area and that he is now behind bars is hugely positive’

She said: ‘There was also a substantial amount of money recovered and the defendant handed himself in on April 6.

‘There were messages on a mobile phone relating to the supply of controlled drugs.’

PC Shazia Anwar, of Derbyshire Police, said: ‘This is a great result for the Littleover community.

‘Russell was selling drugs that cause serious issues in our area and that he is now behind bars is hugely positive.

‘As a local policing team, we rely on information from our communities and I would urge anyone with any intelligence about drug dealing to contact us, in confidence, at any time.’ 

Russell pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs and class B Mamba. 

Nicola Hunter, mitigating, said Russell’s criminal record is solely down to his addiction to class A drugs during his lifetime.

Miss Hunter said: ‘He was injured in custody and (on release) received a compensation pay out of £7,000.

‘When he was released he was clean of drugs and got himself a full-time job as a bin man for the local council.

‘He had an injury where he broke his hand and could no longer go to work.

‘That led to him struggling with his mental health, he had too much time on his hands and started taking Mamba again.

‘That led him to dealing heroin and crack cocaine, drugs he had been addicted to prior to his incarceration.’

A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing date was set for the new year, where money seized could be taken from Russell.

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