Drug Dealer who was caught twice, jailed - Luton

20/09/2013

When carpenter Kevin Menzies was stopped by police in a routine search, they found deals of cocaine and cannabis in his car.

But less than three weeks later and while on bail, he was stopped again because of a faulty headlight.

This time police found more deals of cocaine in a newly installed safe in his boot, some cash and some cannabis for his own use, a court has heard.

Menzies, 23, of Hillcroft Close, Luton, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to two charges of possessing cocaine with intent to supply, one of possessing cannabis with intent to supply and one charge of the simple possession of cannabis.

He claimed he was only passing on drugs to a group of known colleagues for a very limited profit.

He was jailed for three years on Friday, 20 September 2013.

Recorder John Freeman told him: "You fell into the temptation of making a bit on the side.

"When you were stopped on 13 June you were bailed, but you did not stop what you were doing, which is an aggravating feature. There has got to be a substantial sentence of imprisonment."

Prosecutor  Kevin West said , Menzies was first stopped on the A6 near Barton on 13 June this year, by police who thought he was driving erratically. When they spoke to him, they could smell cannabis and the car was searched. Ten cannabis deals, four cocaine deals and some Viagra tablets were found, along with a list of names indicating he was supplying others.

When interviewed on that occasion he said the drugs were for his own use.

But on 02 July  he was stopped again in Oakley Road, Luton because of a faulty headlight. Again, officers could smell cannabis, and when they searched the boot they found a locked metal safe. When it was opened there were five wraps of cocaine along with a lump of cocaine, worth about  £1,700.

Andrew Morton, defending said Menzies was only supplying to friends.

He said,  custody would be difficult for him as he was walking on crutches after breaking his hip, and needed further medical tests for a bone disorder.

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