Teenage dad Jordan Garrett has been locked up – after being caught drug dealing twice in six months.
The 19-year-old was handed a two-year community order in June after being caught with 23 wraps of crack cocaine on the basis that he had not committed any other offences.
But it has now emerged that just six months later the defendant had fled from police and hidden crack cocaine and heroin in an alleyway.
Now Garrett has returned to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court – and been jailed for three years.
The second crime was committed in Stoke on New Year’s Eve, 2018.
Prosecutor Phil Brunt said: “The police saw people run into an alleyway. They drove to the alley and spoke to the defendant. The officer told him to stay where he was but he ran off into Bilton Street.
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“The officer chased him but lost sight of him. He was later stopped and searched. He was found to have some cash. Police went back to his home and he was subjected to a more significant search. The cash was returned to him.
“But officers went back to the alleyway, off London Road, Stoke, and found a bag in the undergrowth which contained 57 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine.”
The defendant denied any knowledge of the drugs. But they were analysed and his DNA was found in the packaging. And CCTV showed a figure matching the defendant putting something through railings into the undergrowth.
Garrett, of Welby Street, Fenton, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.
Robert Holt, mitigating, said the defendant was ‘foolish and stupid’ to go back to drug dealing within months of his first arrest.
He said: “He felt he was immune to any sort of consequences. The consequences of an immediate custodial sentence will not just be on him but on his partner and child.”
Referring to the June sentence, Judge Paul Glenn told the defendant: “The court sentenced you on the basis that there was just one offence to be dealt with. You quite plainly played the system because you knew full well what the score was. Had all matters been dealt with together, as they should have been, you would have received a significant custodial term.”
He added: “This was financially-motivated drug dealing. You saw people had made money from it and you decided to do it yourself. You made a conscious decision to sell drugs to make money. You were released under investigation for the same sort of offending and you simply went back to work.”