Luton drug dealer jailed for 21 months

06/01/2015

A young Luton drug dealer was jailed for 21 months today, Tuesday, 06 January 2015, after being caught with 7 wraps of cocaine and £700 cash.

Officers in a patrol car followed Kieron Carty, aged 21, after they had seen him acting suspiciously when a cyclist had ridden up to him in his car. He stopped at the Jolly Milliner pub car park in Icknield Way and was confronted by the police, Luton Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Douglas Page said Carty was seen to take £200 from the glove compartment, which he put in his jeans pocket. The car was searched and scales, with traces of cocaine and cannabis on them, were found in the glove box. In the fuse compartment there were 7 wraps of a white powder. It turned out to be cocaine with a low purity of 19 per cent. Another £500 was also seized.

When questioned at the police station, Carty made "full and frank admissions," said Mr Page. His phone was examined and it showed he had been involved with drugs for the previous three months.

Carty, of Turnpike Drive, Luton, pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine between 11 May to 18 August last year and possessing 4.09 grams of cocaine on 18 August.

David Healey, defending, said Carty's parents were in court to support him. At the time of the offences he was 20 and "did not understand the seriousness of the offences he was involved in." He handed the judge character references and asked him to pass a suspended sentence on Carty, who has always been in a job.

But Recorder Simon  Blackford said: "The offence is so serious that it can only be dealt with by a prison sentence. Class A drugs cause misery. People become addicted and become slaves to them." He ordered that the £700 be forfeited and that the drugs and scales are destroyed.

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