Teenage drug dealer detained - Bedford

11/03/2014

A teenager who travelled from Hackney to Bedford to sell cocaine was sentenced to 28 months in a Young Offenders Institute today, Tuesday, 11 March 2014.

Nathan McKenzie-Brown, 19, was caught when members of the public called the police after seeing him acting suspiciously in Bedford town centre.

Charles Ward-Jackson, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) at Luton Crown Court, said McKenzie-Brown spotted plain-clothed officers walking towards him and started to walk away. But he was stopped and told them he was visiting a girlfriend in the town. When he was asked if he had any drugs on him, he replied: "I have got some 'white' in my pocket." The officer asked: "Coke?" He replied: "Yes. I smoke it."

In the left hand pocket of his hoodie the police found 2.7 grams of cocaine in a plastic bag. The drug, which had a purity of 25 per cent, could have been split into 13 street deals with a value of between £130 and £260.  £595.70p was found on him.

When his Samsung mobile phone was analysed, the police found text messages referring to drug dealing that day and two days earlier.

McKenzie-Brown, of Goldcrest Mews, Rendlesham Road, London, E5, pleaded guilty to possessing a Class A drug with intent on 15 November 2013. He had a previous conviction for robbery.

Krystelle Wass, defending, said the teenager had become involved in selling drugs to clear his brother's drug debts. She said he has had to explain his arrest to his family, who were "extremely disappointed." His girlfriend was in court to support him.

Sentencing him, Judge Stuart Bridge said: "You were misguidedly helping your brother." He ordered that the cash seized is confiscated and the drugs are destroyed.