Teenage drug dealer jailed - Luton

13/09/2013

A young father to be who sold six deals of crack cocaine to an undercover police officer has been sentenced to two years and two months in custody.

Armando Tana, 18 had turned to dealing drugs to pay off a cannabis debt, Luton Crown Court was told on Friday, 13 September 2013.

He was one of a number of people arrested during the undercover Operation Goldfinch conducted by police in Luton last Autumn.

Tana, of Wiseman Close, Luton pleaded guilty to six charges of supplying Class A drugs.

Daniel Siong prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Tana was only 17 when he sold the six £20 deals in July, August and September last year. He was arrested in January and £407 cash was found in his room.

Stuart Sprawson, defending, said Tana, an aspiring hairdresser had built up a debt to a dealer who supplied him with cannabis.

"He was provided with a mobile phone and contacts to supply with crack cocaine to pay off his debt. Unfortunately he started to enjoy the experience just a little too much, and it started to take over.

"But he has had a wake up call in the pregnancy of his girlfriend and that is now the most significant thing in his life. The baby is due in October."

Judge David Farrell QC said: "When you deal drugs you are dealing misery. I have seen the results of this and those addicted to Class A drugs lead miserable lives and commit numerous crimes. Only immediate custody is appropriate."

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