21st Jan, 2019

Drug dealer caught with class A drugs worth £900 while on bail for acting as a drug courier

Laura Kearns 19th Jun, 2018

A DRUG dealer was caught with street deals of heroin and crack cocaine worth £900 while he was already on bail for acting as a drug courier.

Byron Parsons had denied one charge of possessing heroin with intent to supply it, but changed his plea to guilty on the day of his trial at Warwick Crown Court in November.

Then while on bail for that, he was caught with 90 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine which he admitted possessing with intent to supply.

The 48-year-old, of Rusina Court, Leamington, was jailed for a total of three years and nine months.

Prosecutor Aadhithya Anbahan said in July 2015 Parsons was seen by police officers as he was riding his cycle in Leamington, and they signalled to him to stop.

He pulled up about 20 yards from them, and they saw him raise his arm and throw something over a wall.

When they told him to pick up what he had thrown, he retrieved a torch – but near it was a package which was found to contain heroin worth £1,900.

After initially claiming he had never seen the drugs before, Parsons pleaded guilty on the day of his trial to possessing the heroin with intent on the basis that he was acting as a courier for which he was to be paid in drugs for his own use.

But then in April this year, while on bail, he was stopped again in Leamington by plain-clothed officers.

On him they found 65 street deals of heroin and 25 of crack cocaine, worth a total of £900, two mobile phones and £205 in cash.

And during a further search at the police station, they found he had more drugs concealed on him.

But when interviewed, Parsons, whose many previous convictions included two for robbery, claimed he had bought the drugs in bulk, and that they were all for his own use.

Nigel Stelling, defending, said Parsons’ drug addiction was the result of ‘damage that was done to him at a very early age’ and he had made major efforts to get his life back on track, included getting a job which he held for three years, but lost due to no fault of his own.

Jailing Parson, Judge Anthony Potter also ordered the £205 to be confiscated under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

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