Drug dealer jailed - Leighton Buzzard

15/07/2014

A young Leighton Buzzard man was jailed for 28 months today, Tuesday, 15 July 2014, after police found cocaine and cannabis in his bedroom.

Jesse McRae claimed he was holding the drugs for someone else, but Luton Crown Court heard that text messages on a mobile phone found with the drugs suggested he was involved in supplying cocaine. Also found with the drugs was digital scales and some cash.

McRae, aged 24, of Centauri Close, Leighton Buzzard, pleaded guilty to possessing 11.6 grams of cocaine worth £440 with intent to supply. He admitted a charge of simple possession in relation to the cannabis, which was a much smaller quantity at 1.6 grams and was for his own use.

Gareth Underhill, prosecuting, said police had gone to the defendant's home in January of this year looking for stolen property. But in his bedroom in a white carrier bag they discovered the cocaine and cannabis

The court heard McRae had no previous convictions.

He was described in court by his barrister, Laban Leake, as immature and who, since the age of 17, had been smoking cannabis on a daily basis. Mr Leake said his client had fallen in with "criminal associates" and had started dealing as a result. 

Recorder Robert Blomfield told McRae: "This matter is so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate. In my judgement, this has to be an immediate custodial sentence." He jailed him for 28 months.

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