TWO teenagers who took part in some ‘out-of-town’ drug-dealing were arrested after they were seen selling heroin and cocaine to known addicts in a Leamington park.
And at Warwick Crown Court, just 100 yards from the Pump Room Gardens where they were dealing a year ago, Jason Kavanagh and Morgan Harvey McCorley were both jailed for two years.
Kavanagh, 18, of Swinford Road, Harborne, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of crack cocaine with intent to supply it and having a bladed article in public.
And Harvey McCorley, 19, of Kendal Court, Selly Oak, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply and possessing a bladed article.
Prosecutor Peter Arnold said both were acting together in April last year in the Pump Room Gardens which was an area where drugs were commonly bought and sold.
He added police were watching them as they were approached by a number of known drug-users.
Officers then followed them to the railway station where Kavanagh tried to make a run for it, throwing down a bag containing a phone and sim cards, but was caught.
Harvey McCorley was told why they wanted to search him, and handed over a Kinder egg which contained nine £10 wraps which he volunteered were heroin.
He was also found to have just over £45 in cash and a knife on him.
At the police station Kavanagh was searched and was found to have 16 wraps of crack cocaine, again in £10 deals, £131 in cash and a lock knife.
His home was then searched, and the police discovered scales, ‘dealer’s wraps’ ready to have drugs put in them, and a further 13 deals of crack.
Judge Anthony Potter ordered the two sums of money to be forfeited under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Sentencing Kavanagh and Harvey McCorley, Judge Potter told them: “You are 18 and 19 years old respectively, and I have heard you are both troubled young men.
“But a year ago you came to Leamington, an affluent town many miles from where you live, to deal in drugs – and not just any drugs, but drugs which are destructive.
“I have no doubt you and the people you were working in conjunction with considered this town to provide easy pickings.”
And he added: “I recognise that both of you are young enough, if you wish to, to adopt a more positive outlook. It’s up to you.”