Jailed for dealing drugs on our streets
PUBLISHED: 13:23 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:06 26 October 2009
A DRUG dealer caught trying to sell crack cocaine and heroin on the streets of Hatfield has been locked up. Glest Thompson was spotted by police with known drug dealers in the Dellfields area, St Albans Crown Court was told.
A DRUG dealer caught trying to sell crack cocaine and heroin on the streets of Hatfield has been locked up.
Glest Thompson was spotted by police with known drug dealers in the Dellfields area, St Albans Crown Court was told.
The 25-year-old was arrested and a search revealed he was carrying a cigarette case containing 5.32g of crack cocaine and 2.96g of heroin.
Thompson initially told police the case belonged to a friend.
But on Friday he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
David Chrimes, prosecuting, said Thompson, who was born in Jamaica and is due to be deported, was caught on the afternoon of August 12 last year.
The drugs had an estimated street value of £640 and Thompson also had £70 cash on him.
He had previous convictions for burglary, dishonesty and indecent assault but had never been involved in drugs before.
Heather Shimmen, defending, said Thompson had grown up in Peckham, London, surrounded by gang culture - which "to his credit" he had resisted becoming involved in.
He left the area to seek a better life in Hatfield after leaving school with seven GCSEs.
She said he had been working in hardware stores and McDonald's while he decided on a career path, but came involved in drug dealing because of his younger brother.
She said: "His brother became in debt to the kind of people you do not want to be in debt to.
"Thompson went to see them on his brother's behalf and was told the only way he could repay the debt was by selling drugs for them. That is how he came to be arrested."
Judge Martin Griffith accepted Thompson had become involved through "misguided loyalty" to his brother and took into his account his guilty plea and lack of previous involvement in drugs.
But he told him: "This court takes a serious view of involvement with class A drugs because of the effect these drugs have on people and their lives and stiff sentences should act as a deterrent to stop others becoming involved in drugs.
"The addictive drugs you were carrying could have supplied around 32 people."
He jailed Thompson for two-and-a-half years, ordered the forfeit and destruction of the drugs and ordered him to pay £70.40 costs.
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