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Dealer is caught after four days

Oxford Mail: Andrew Small Andrew Small

A teenager caught with 126 wraps of drugs in his pants had “only been dealing for about four days”.

Andrew Small was arrested as part of a police operation as he rode his bike through Didcot.

The 19-year-old was found with 47.5g of drugs, including 81 wraps of crack cocaine, four wraps of cocaine and 41 wraps of heroin, at about 8pm on November 3.

He was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Monday having earlier admitted three counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Prosecutor Paul Harrison said Small, of The Oval, Didcot, was co-operative with officers and told them ‘it’s in my pants, I’ll give you all of it’.

The drugs were worth about £2,270 and Small had £380 in cash on him.

Mr Harrison said: “He told officers he had been dealing for about four days, and that he did it because he found it was easy money.”

Lucy Tapper, defending, said the case was “quite unusual in many respects”, telling the court her client had never touched drugs and that Small showed “a marked level of naïveté”.

She said Small had lost his job in July and turned to dealing drugs after becoming frustrated at the way he was treated by employment agencies.

Miss Tapper said Small had been negatively influenced by a friend who lived next door. The friend had pointed him in the direction of drug dealing as a way of making easy money.

She added: “To say he’s remorseful is almost an understatement. He is very embarrassed, he’s very ashamed.”

Judge Christopher Compston said he was troubled by trying to fit the case into sentencing guidelines.

He said: “If I radically departed from the guidelines and, as per their duty, the prosecution go to the Court of Appeal – I don’t mind personally what the Court of Appeal do – but if they then sentence him to prison the trauma to him and his family will be worse.”

Judge Compston eventually sentenced Small to 18 months in a young offenders’ institution.

He said: “I make it absolutely clear that I’m impressed by your mitigation.

“If I were an independent judge I would undoubtedly not send you to prison.

“But it seems to me I am to some extent bound by the guidelines.”

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2:28pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

"She added: “To say he’s remorseful is almost an understatement. He is very embarrassed, he’s very ashamed.” "......
.......Doesn't mean he's not an idiot, or a low-life.
Getting a hard time off employment agencies, is not an excuse for turning to crime, and exacerbating what's already a serious issue.
Will time in a YOI make him grow up, only time will tell.
"She added: “To say he’s remorseful is almost an understatement. He is very embarrassed, he’s very ashamed.” "...... .......Doesn't mean he's not an idiot, or a low-life. Getting a hard time off employment agencies, is not an excuse for turning to crime, and exacerbating what's already a serious issue. Will time in a YOI make him grow up, only time will tell. Dilligaf2010
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4:41pm Wed 4 Apr 12

The Dr Bob says...

The Judge doesn't know what he is talking about. Prison would be better for drug dealers.
The Judge doesn't know what he is talking about. Prison would be better for drug dealers. The Dr Bob
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4:59pm Wed 4 Apr 12

L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG says...

Another young person let down by our Tory government and their agencies. Here we have a young man who wants to work but was deprived of the opportunity. At least the judge saw through the prosecution and whilst was unable to give the appropriate sentence, gave one that will allow this young man to try again. But to think that he was only detained because of Davey Boy's pen pushers and not by what the Judge thought was right, shows what a state our judicial system is in. We may as well do away with judges and have a robot do the sentencing.
Another young person let down by our Tory government and their agencies. Here we have a young man who wants to work but was deprived of the opportunity. At least the judge saw through the prosecution and whilst was unable to give the appropriate sentence, gave one that will allow this young man to try again. But to think that he was only detained because of Davey Boy's pen pushers and not by what the Judge thought was right, shows what a state our judicial system is in. We may as well do away with judges and have a robot do the sentencing. L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG
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5:02pm Wed 4 Apr 12

L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG says...

The Dr Bob wrote:
The Judge doesn't know what he is talking about. Prison would be better for drug dealers.
So one assumes Bobby Boy that you are about to shop your local dealer in Alcohol and Nicotine, the two biggest DRUG killers in the world.
[quote][p][bold]The Dr Bob[/bold] wrote: The Judge doesn't know what he is talking about. Prison would be better for drug dealers.[/p][/quote]So one assumes Bobby Boy that you are about to shop your local dealer in Alcohol and Nicotine, the two biggest DRUG killers in the world. L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG
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5:18pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

LPMV where do you think he got the cash for his stash? a Small Business Loan of course, so hats off to Dave. Actually I love you Old labour Folk because Old Labour, Callaghan et al, were OK and not a crew of Oxbridge career politicians like Blairbrown and Cleggcamborne. But I think you'll find supply sentencing guidelines haven't changed a lot since 1997 actually. Unlike some of the stuff that so enraged Blairbrown like hunting and wimmins' ishoos, drugs aren't political.
LPMV where do you think he got the cash for his stash? a Small Business Loan of course, so hats off to Dave. Actually I love you Old labour Folk because Old Labour, Callaghan et al, were OK and not a crew of Oxbridge career politicians like Blairbrown and Cleggcamborne. But I think you'll find supply sentencing guidelines haven't changed a lot since 1997 actually. Unlike some of the stuff that so enraged Blairbrown like hunting and wimmins' ishoos, drugs aren't political. Lord Palmerstone
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5:23pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Darkforbid says...

And the black kid yesterday, got how long? For how much?

And look how Peter's comments change with shade...
And the black kid yesterday, got how long? For how much? And look how Peter's comments change with shade... Darkforbid
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5:31pm Wed 4 Apr 12

L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
LPMV where do you think he got the cash for his stash? a Small Business Loan of course, so hats off to Dave. Actually I love you Old labour Folk because Old Labour, Callaghan et al, were OK and not a crew of Oxbridge career politicians like Blairbrown and Cleggcamborne. But I think you'll find supply sentencing guidelines haven't changed a lot since 1997 actually. Unlike some of the stuff that so enraged Blairbrown like hunting and wimmins' ishoos, drugs aren't political.
C'mon M'LUD. He was given the drugs from a big boy for EG £500 and told to come back with £1,000 (or we break your legs) he sells them for £1,300. No outlay just the threat of harm if something goes wrong. It is profitable being a small time dealer, and with little risk. Just look at your corner shop, as long as they don't sell to under 18s they make a good squeeze as well. Just look at his picture, this is not a thuggy junky selling drugs, I would employ him from his pic. P.S. Drugs aren't political, try telling that to the Bullingdon Club they had guys running from all over the place to make sure that The Colombian Marching Powder never ran out.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: LPMV where do you think he got the cash for his stash? a Small Business Loan of course, so hats off to Dave. Actually I love you Old labour Folk because Old Labour, Callaghan et al, were OK and not a crew of Oxbridge career politicians like Blairbrown and Cleggcamborne. But I think you'll find supply sentencing guidelines haven't changed a lot since 1997 actually. Unlike some of the stuff that so enraged Blairbrown like hunting and wimmins' ishoos, drugs aren't political.[/p][/quote]C'mon M'LUD. He was given the drugs from a big boy for EG £500 and told to come back with £1,000 (or we break your legs) he sells them for £1,300. No outlay just the threat of harm if something goes wrong. It is profitable being a small time dealer, and with little risk. Just look at your corner shop, as long as they don't sell to under 18s they make a good squeeze as well. Just look at his picture, this is not a thuggy junky selling drugs, I would employ him from his pic. P.S. Drugs aren't political, try telling that to the Bullingdon Club they had guys running from all over the place to make sure that The Colombian Marching Powder never ran out. L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG
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7:43pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

Well LPMV that should mean that the Bullies have weakened sentencing guidelines, but they've not. PS the business loan stuff was a joke.....
Well LPMV that should mean that the Bullies have weakened sentencing guidelines, but they've not. PS the business loan stuff was a joke..... Lord Palmerstone
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