WHEN police raided a Leamington flat known for drug-dealing they caught Kyle Leahy with 38 deals of heroin and crack cocaine.
He also had £130 in cash on him and a mobile phone with texts on it relating to the supply of drugs, a judge at Warwick Crown Court heard.
The 21-year-old, of Windmill Road, was jailed for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to two charges of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply them and three charges of possessing drugs.
Prosecutor Raj Punia said in January police forced entry into the flat in Forfield Place and found the tenant there with Leahy, another man and a woman – and all four were told they and the premises were going to be searched.
On Leahy officers found a zip-lock bag with a number of drug wraps in it, a quantity of cash and two phones, one of which had texts on it relating to drug-dealing.
Following his arrest he was searched again at the police station, and the cash was found.
The zip-lock bag had 38 £10 deals in it – 23 of heroin and 15 of crack cocaine – which when interviewed he claimed was all for personal use.
Leahy also had a single wrap of cocaine and a small bag of cannabis, both of which it was accepted were for his own use.
He was released pending tests to analyse the drugs seized from him, and when he was arrested again in June, he had another wrap of cocaine on him, added Miss Punia.
Nick Devine, defending, said Leahy only had previous cautions for drug offences on his record and two minor public order convictions.
“He has been completely frank and open. He has accepted from the outset that he acquired a drug habit that it became impossible to feed, and sustained it by selling drugs.
Mr Devine said life had improved ‘significantly’ for Leahy, who worked when he could through an agency and had been living with his older sister who had been ‘exercising a degree of influence and control’ over him.
Jailing Leahy, Judge Peter Cooke told him: “You had two phones, one of which had texts consistent with the supply of drugs, and you had a bag of wraps of heroin and a bag of wraps of crack cocaine. You said it was all for personal use, which was nonsense.
“Fortunately you have the support of your family, and there is an industrious side to you.
“I am not unsympathetic, but I’m not going to be able to spare you from an immediate custodial sentence.”