Teenage drug dealer Jordan Garrett has been spared an immediate jail sentence.
The 19-year-old dad became involved in supplying cocaine two years ago as he had seen other young men doing well from it and he wanted to buy trainers from JD Sports.
Police stopped and searched the then 17 year-old and two others and seized 23 wraps of crack cocaine from a nearby garden and £205 cash. They also found messages on the defendant’s phone which linked him to the supply of drugs.
Now Judge Paul Glenn has sentenced Garrett to a two year community order at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court as a direct alternative to a 28 to 30 month jail sentence.
Prosecutor Joshua Purser said plain clothes police attended The Villas, Stoke, at 4.20pm on June 5, 2018 and detained the 17-year-old defendant and two others.
Mr Purser said: “They were searched and in a nearby garden area the officer found a cling film package which contained 23 individual wraps of cocaine.
“They seized the defendant’s two mobiles and £205 cash was also seized from another in the group.”
The drugs were found to be 23 wraps of crack cocaine worth £230.
Mr Purser added: “The messages on the phones demonstrate the offering to sell controlled substances.”
Niall Skinner, mitigating, said the defendant was aged 17 at the time and has no previous convictions.
He said: “Two years ago he got involved in this as he wanted to buy trainers from JD Sports or sports equipment.
“Things would be significantly different if he made his position in any way worse. On any view, he has made each and every aspect of his life better, in particular by not offending at all. He has obtained good employment. He became a father on March 17.”
As part of the community order Garrett must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 15 days and 200 hours unpaid work.
Judge Paul Glenn said the community order was a direct alternative to a custodial sentence of about 28 to 30 months.
He told Garrett: “You were 17 at the time. Previously you were of good character and you have not come to the attention of the police since.
“When the police performed a stop search of you and two other individuals they found wraps of crack cocaine you now accept you had just discarded. They found some text messages which indicated your involvement with cocaine.”
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The judge said there was a seven-and-a-half month delay in the defendant being charged and added the offence was now two years old.
Judge Glenn said: “You admitted to the probation officer a lot more than the prosecution could actually prove. You accept making a conscious decision to sell drugs because you had seen other young men appearing well off from doing so.
“Class A drugs are highly addictive. People have to commit offences very often to finance their drug addiction. So it impacts on the wider community, sometimes in a very serious way.
“You explained to the probation officer that this has been a wake up call for you.
“You have obtained and held down employment, you work long hours, you have a partner and young child. You have moved away from an area where you used to live. I am told you have moved away from the people you were knocking about with. You say you are drug-free and I accept the risk of you re-offending is low.
“You seem to have used the delay to good effect to address your offending behaviour. You were immature. I suspect you have matured a lot over the last couple of years.”
The judge ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs and the forfeiture of the £205.
Garrett was ordered to pay £1,000 costs.
Judge Glenn added: “I do not expect to see you again. If I do I suspect it will have significant consequences for you.”