TWO teenagers were spared jail despite their involvement in a drugs network, a court heard.
Aroon Hussain, of Brantwood Rise, Banbury, and Ussamah Hussain, of Causeway, Banbury, were 17 when they were caught with wraps of cocaine and heroin in May last year.
Ussamah had stolen his aunt’s BMW series 5 and was driving with Aroon in Banbury when an officer on patrol spotted the pair.
Oxford Crown Court heard on Friday that the car sped off, travelling at 60mph through residential areas, before crashing into an electrical substation, causing £900 worth of damage.
Prosecutor Philip Allman said: “Ussamah got out of the driver's side of the vehicle and began to run.
“But he did stop after the officer threatened to release their dog.
“Aroon remained in the passenger side.
“There was a clear bag with five small wraps of cocaine and in the driver’s footwell there was a cling film bag containing 49 wraps of heroin.”
Following the car chase and discovery of drugs in the vehicle, police then searched both teenager’s homes.
They found two mobile phones in Ussamah’s house and in Aroon’s a red tin contained empty deal bags and several bags containing cocaine and heroin.
Peter De Feu, defending Ussamah, said the now 18-year-old was vulnerable, with a low IQ which would have made him an easy target for dealers looking for ‘runners’ in a drug network.
He said: “His approach to life is not terribly sophisticated.
“In terms of the drugs he has thought himself to be used by no doubt more able people.
“For him this was just having a bit of money in his pocket.
“He says ‘what I have done is bad’ and it does not get any more sophisticated than that.”
Robert Lindsey, defending Aroon, now 18, said he was of previous good character, having volunteered at his local mosque and now achieved a part time job working at Cherwell Cars.
He said: “He is considered to be a very hard working young man.
“He has the opportunity of taking on another IT course in September and he wishes to eventually set up his own business."
Judge Maria Lamb said: “No network can operate without its runners and you are responsible in your own way for supporting the misery which drugs cause.”
Both teens were handed a 20 month jail sentence suspended for two years for two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. Ussamah was handed a further four months in jail to run consecutively for aggravated vehicle taking and was also given a four month curfew.
Both were ordered to pay court costs of £200 and a victim surcharge.
Aroon was also required to completed 200 hours of unpaid work.