Teen drug dealer spared jail

PUBLISHED: 18:24 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 26 October 2009

A TEENAGER who dealt crack to an undercover police officer has been spared jail. Daniel Symonds was caught in a police drugs operation in Hatfield last summer, St Albans Crown Court heard today (Wednesday). Prosecutor Sally Mealing-McLeod said on June 5

A TEENAGER who dealt crack to an undercover police officer has been spared jail.

Daniel Symonds was caught in a police drugs operation in Hatfield last summer, St Albans Crown Court heard today (Wednesday).

Prosecutor Sally Mealing-McLeod said on June 5 the 19-year-old supplied 657mg of crack cocaine to the officer called Andy.

Two days later the officer paid him another £40 for two bags of the drug, weighing 770mg.

When police raided his flat in Parkhouse Court on October 10 they found 737mg of herbal cannabis.

He was arrested and made no comment to police questions.

Symonds appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying a class A drug and one of possession of cannabis.

He had spent 153 days on remand, awaiting trial.

Carl Woolf, defending, asked for Symonds to be place on a drug rehabilitation programme.

He said he had voluntarily been attending drug testing programmes.

Mr Woolf said: "He appears to be motivated and hopes to be taken away from the drugs' scene and kept on the straight and narrow."

The barrister added his client was keen to find work.

Judge Stephen Warner told him: "People who deal in class A drugs can expect significant custodial sentences.

"The use and abuse of drugs spreads misery and degradation."

But the judge said he took into consideration the time Symonds had spent in custody and the "positive steps" he had taken to get off drugs and passed a 12-month community order.

He will be placed on supervision for 12 months and attend a drug rehabiliation programme for six months where he will be tested and receive treatment.

He told him: "You are being given a chance."

Symonds replied: "I appreciate it.


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