A teenage drug dealer was caught by suspicious police officers who saw him wearing a heavy jacket and a baseball hat on a hot summer’s day in St Albans.
The youth, who is now 18, was stopped in Keyfield at 4pm on June 6th this year. He was agitated and the officers could smell cannabis, St Albans crown court heard Friday 31st October 2014.
Prosecutor Colin Banham said; “They asked him if he had anything on him that he shouldn’t have. He said: ‘Yeah. I have got drugs in my bag and about £150 cash.'”
Wraps of drugs were found in a black bag and more were found in a toothpaste carton. In all the police seized 60 wraps of heroin and cocaine, along with £145 cash and two mobile phones. The street value of the drugs was between £1,000 and £1,420.
The 18-year-old from London pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a Class A drug with intent and possessing a small amount of cannabis. He also admitted failing to surrender to custody.
Andrew Kerry, defending, said the teenager had come from an impoverished background and asked the judge to pass a suspended sentence.
Judge Michael Baker QC agreed and passed a 12 month jail sentence suspended for 2 years. He will be supervised by probation officers for 12 months and must carry out 250 hours’ unpaid work. He received a 14 day jail sentence suspended for 9 months for not turning up at court on an earlier occasion. He must pay £100 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.
He told him: “It is clear you have come from an extremely impoverished background. You have frankly admitted your reason for dealing was financial. I can see you have been trapped in a cycle of dealing in drugs.”
The judge also made an exclusion order banning him from St Albans city and district for the next 12 months.