THE drug dealer son of a notorious Cornish criminal has been jailed for three and a half years after he drove his car dangerously with a cocktail of drugs in his system.
At Truro Crown Court on Friday, Jack Anthony Harvey, 42, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and possession with intent to supply the Class A drugs heroin and cocaine.
Harvey, of Polwhele Cottages, Buckshead, has previously been jailed for five years for dealing heroin but the court heard he had been trying to stay clean since his release in 2011.
His father, rogue plant hire boss Jack Harvey, was jailed in 2010 for arson attacks on competitors and using stolen machinery.
Philip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police were alerted to the younger Harvey’s movements on November 26 last year when he left a St Austell petrol station without paying.
Staff at the station described Harvey’s behaviour as bizarre and reported that he had been making strange noises.
Officers caught up with him on the A390 near Probus where they witnessed him driving dangerously by overtaking several vehicles.
Mr Lee said a urine sample later revealed a “cocktail” of drugs including amphetamine, methadone, cocaine and heroin.
When he was arrested at his home, drugs were found in Harvey’s house, car and taped to his testicles.
In total about 38g of heroin was seized, with a potential value of £3,800, and 26g of “unusually” pure cocaine hydrochloride, which Mr Lee said could have been worth up to £3,000 if it was cut to normal street purity.
In interview, Harvey said he had no recollection of any incident on the A390 and denied being intoxicated.
Mr Lee said: “He made allegations that police had planted the drugs in his car … of the drugs stuck to his testicles [he] denied any knowledge, commenting that some filthy woman must have put it there.”
Robin Smith, defending, described the latest string of offences as a “significant yet relatively recent wobble”.
He said: “Mr Harvey emerged from his five-year sentence on December 16, 2011 and he came out clean, having been on heroin or a substitute for 20-plus years.
“For nearly two years he remained offence-free as he remained drug-free.
“He then began to crave heroin again and started using it again.”
Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said: “To drive in the way you did on the Probus bypass was extremely dangerous.”
A confiscation order made after Harvey’s last drugs’ conviction was amended.
In 2010 he was ordered to pay £20,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act. When he was arrested last year, officers found him to have assets valued at £13,116.54 including an Audi car.
That sum has now been added to the original order and Harvey was given six months to pay.