Two men jailed for drug dealing - Ware

28/04/2017

A promising young footballer caught dealing drugs in Ware has today, Friday, 28 April 2017, been jailed for three and a half years.

Tyler Christian-Law, who has played semi-professional football for lower league clubs, including Harrow and Wealdstone and Hanwell in West London, took on a drug debt which had been run up by someone else. He was expected to clear it and, as a result, took on a drug dealing expedition to the Hertfordshire town of Ware, accompanied by Jordan Smith-Johnson. But St Albans Crown Court heard the two soon came to the attention of police officers.

Prosecutor Wayne Cleaver said that on 5 August 2015, the pair were in a borrowed car as it travelled from north London into Hertfordshire. Smith-Johnson, aged 22, was behind the wheel and Christian-Law, aged 24, was on the back seat. Officers felt all was not right concerning the pair as the car drove into Ware town centre. As a result, the police decided to stop the car and question the pair.

Mr Cleaver said that in the central storage compartment in the car, the officers found 90 wraps of crack cocaine and 52 wraps of heroin. The wraps were street deals and, in all, the drugs were worth £2000.

Mobile phones were seized from the men and tell-tale text messages were discovered showing the pair were involved in drug dealing. Also found on Christian-Law was £307 in cash, which was seized by the officers.

The men pleaded guilty to two offences of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.

Judge John Plumstead, hearing the case, was told Smith-Johnson, who had played a lesser role that day, was not a user and had put his trust in others, resulting in his arrest.

Christian-Law, of Woodland Road, New Southgate was jailed for three and a half years and Smith-Johnson, of Prespa Close, Edmonton, was jailed for three years.

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