Teenage drug dealer jailed - Bedford

21/08/2013

Teenage drug dealer Blair Taylor was jailed for 44 months today, Wednesday, 21 August 2013, after being caught in Bedford with £30,000 worth of Class A drugs and more than £11,000 in cash.

Taylor, 18, was riding a bike and using a mobile phone in Queens Park in Bedford when he was spotted by plain clothed officers in an unmarked police car.

The police followed him to Honey Hill Road where he stopped. They questioned him and he gave a false name and false address, Luton Crown Court was told.

Claudette Elliott prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he told the police the £292 in cash found on him was his Job Seekers' Allowance. The officers did not believe him and he was taken to the police station where this time he gave his brother's name, Liam Taylor.

Officers went to his real address in Chester Road and found crack, heroin, packages, scales and cling film. Six bullets, four of them new, were found in a laundry basket.

He was bailed and five days later, on 16 July this year, the police were called by Taylor's mother who said she had "had enough" and said that there were more drugs at the house. It was searched again and more drugs were found.

The prosecutor said the total amount of crack cocaine and heroin seized in the two raids totalling 300 grams were valued at £30,470. A total of £11,647 in cash was also recovered. "It was a complete business," she said.

Taylor, of Chester Road, Bedford, pleaded guilty to possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply, possessing ammunition and possessing criminal property. He had two previous convictions - one for robbery as a 15-year-old and one for supplying cannabis two years ago.

Mark Nicholls, defending, said Taylor had been addicted to cannabis. He was supplying drugs because he owed debts to his dealer. He said he had got more drugs after his first arrest because: "If you lose your dealer's drugs you are asked to sort it out."

He said Taylor accepted full responsibility for what he had done and wanted to sort himself out.

Jailing him, Judge Stuart Bridge said: "It is absolutely clear an immediate custodial sentence is inevitable."

He ordered that the £11,647 seized was confiscated.

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