19th May, 2019

Man caught selling cocaine had been arrested for dealing the previous night

Editorial Correspondent 2nd Nov, 2018 Updated: 2nd Nov, 2018

A YOUNG man seen selling £25 deals of cocaine to people on a Friday night in Leamington town centre admitted to the police that he had also been arrested the previous night for dealing.

And at Warwick Crown Court, Freddie Laffey pleaded guilty to two charges of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and one of possessing the drug with intent to supply it.

The 24-year-old. of Mullard Drive, Whitnash, who also admitted possessing ecstasy tablets found at his home for his own use, was jailed for three years.

Prosecutor Adam Western said at 11pm on a Friday night in April, a CCTV camera in Leamington town centre showed Laffey handing something to a man in Windsor Street.

Another camera captured him shortly afterwards passing a similar £25 wrap of cocaine to another man in Tavistock Street.

When arrested Laffey said he had also been arrested the previous night for dealing, but that no action had been taken on that occasion.

He was taken to Leamington police station where he was found to have £300 in cash on him and a phone on which officers found lists of deals and messages relating to drug supply.

In his car the police found a bag containing a further 20 wraps of cocaine, and in his bedroom at his home they found four ecstasy tablets.

Mr Western said the two men Laffey had supplied in the town had also been stopped and had the wraps they had bought seized from them.

And the ‘cutting agent’ in those wraps was the same as that found in the wraps seized from Laffey’s car.

Jailing Laffey, Judge Barry Berlin told him: “You had been dealing for at least a month, because there’s a message thanking you for a supply in March.

“I recognise you had a gambling addiction, and that you had problems at home because of your father’s ill health.

“Nonetheless, what you are doing destroys other people’s lives. Anyone dealing in drugs deserves, in my judgement, little mercy.”

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