Brothers sentenced for drugs - Leverstock Green


Two brothers, who were stopped in a car in Leverstock Green with cocaine in the vehicle, paid the price today, Friday, 13 February 2015, when one went to prison and the other was ordered to carry out unpaid work.

St Albans Crown Court was told the drugs belonged to 29-year-old Ashley Farr but, as police approached their vehicle, he passed them to his younger brother Aaron Bayliss, who is 18.

The pair pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a controlled drug of class A with intent to supply.

Judge Stephen Warner, hearing the case, was told Farr supplied cocaine to family and friends to cover his own costs and fund his own habit.

David Chrimes, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), told how the brothers of Deaconsfield Road, Hemel Hempstead were in a Vauxhall Astra car in Peascroft in the town on Sunday, 26 October last year at around 7pm. At a petrol station, police in a patrol car noticed how the brothers were trying to avoid eye contact and became suspicious as a result. They were stopped and, found tucked in the waistband of Bayliss' trousers, was 3.93 grams of cocaine. Farr told officers: "No they are mine." Also found on Farr was £145 in cash and on his mobile phone were text messages consistent with him dealing to friends.

In court, it was accepted that Farr had handed the drugs to his younger brother in the car as police approached.

Judge Warner was told Farr now felt extreme remorse for getting his younger brother involved and because of that had sought help to tackle his own drug problems.

Farr was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. Bayliss was given a 12-month community order and told he must carry out 120 hours of unpaid work. He will also be subject to a three month home curfew between the hours of 8pm and 6am.

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