A drug dealer who sold heroin and cocaine to pay off his own cannabis debt has been jailed for 27 months.
Hamza Ali, 20, owed a man ‘notorious for violence’ £700 and agreed to pedal Class A drugs for him in March last year.
When police arrested him in Blackburn he had around £400 worth of drugs on him. His mobile phone revealed messages showing he had treated on several occasions, Preston Crown Court heard.
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After his arrest, Ali’s family settled his drug debt.
Recorder Paul Taylor, who handed down the sentence, said: “You could have asked your family for money instead of selling Class A drugs.”
Ali, of Rhyl Avenue, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
The judge said: “You yourself know what it is to be addicted to cannabis. Cannabis is not as addictive as heroin or cocaine. You know what you were ready to do to pay. In this case, you sold yourself, to pay for the debt.
“You passed your problem on to the people you sold drugs to – the same problem but with much more serious consequences than your class B habit.
“People who buy Class A drugs from people like you are getting addicted themselves and they’ll do almost anything to get the money to pay for them. That’s a problem you passed on to other people. other people. “
Recorder Taylor said Ali was “naive and less mature than other young men his age”.
“You may be more suggestible,” he added.
“You were aware that your dealer was selling Class A and B drugs in relatively large quantities. The fact that you yourself had £400 worth of drugs in your possession is an indication that this was quite a large transaction. “
The judge admitted Ali felt ‘significant pressure to negotiate’ and feared he would be hurt if he did not agree – although he was not directly threatened by his dealer.
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