A Luton man failed to learn his lesson after police found a stash of drugs in his home.

Arrested, charged and subsequently bailed, the teenager committed an almost identical crime a few months later when police again found drugs at his home.

At Luton crown court Lawton’s Stephen Halloran, who represented the 18 year old, told how he got involved in the murky world of drug supply on the second occasion in an effort to repay a debt to other criminals.

It was in January of this year that police went to the teenager’s home, where they found wraps of cannabis worth around £215.

He was charged and given bail but, in July, police officers again went to his home where, on this occasion, they not only found cannabis, but heroin and crack cocaine, along with scales and plastic bags and other items associated with dealing.

The court heard the boy had a previous conviction for possessing a firearm.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent and two counts of possessing Class B drugs with intent.

Passing sentence, Judge Stuart Bridge said the youth had played a “significant” role and had dealt in drugs as a way of paying off a debt to others.

He sentenced him to 40 months youth custody.