Man jailed for possessing Class A drugs - Luton

07/12/2012

Drug dealer, Thomas Slynn, made very frank admissions to police when they raided his bedroom at his parent's home.

Slynn, 29 told police: "A lot of people depend on me. I have been doing it for years. I have been expecting you."

He went on to tell officers that he dealt in heroin and crack cocaine to fund his own £200 a day habit.

Prosecutor Claudette Elliott said: "He admitted he had been dealing for three years, selling to up to 20 people a day. He said customers would throw stones at his bedroom window to attract his attention and he would meet them in an alley near his home."

During the raid on September 10 this year, police also found a stun gun disguised as a knuckle duster. Slynn said he carried it for protection having been robbed previously, but said he had never used it.

Slynn, of Mountfield Road, Luton, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to two charges of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and possessing a prohibited weapon.

He was jailed for three and a half years on Friday.

Miss Elliott said, 30 wraps of drugs were found worth £750.

Kevin McCartney, defending said: "This is an unusual case. He is not the type of person the public would recognise as a drug dealer.

"He began using cannabis when he was 12 and rapidly moved on to heroin and cocaine.

"He had real difficulties at school and the picture emerges of someone who is deeply unhappy.

"But his addiction is treatable and if he goes directly to prison the opportunity to address his problems will have been lost."

Judge Philip Bartle QC:"The frankness of your interview is rare and does you credit, but you were carrying on a one man drug business. You were involved because of your own drug habit going back many many years.

"The possession of the stun gun is a troubling aspect of this case."

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