Teenager was carrying almost £2,000 of drugs

Jake Tyler, of Shelley Road, Wellingborough
Jake Tyler, of Shelley Road, Wellingborough

A teenager was carrying Class A drugs with a street value of almost £2,000 when he was stopped in the street by police, a court heard.

Officers stopped 18-year-old Jake Tyler and another man in Kiln Way in Wellingborough on November 8 last year when they smelt the pair smoking cannabis.

Tyler was searched and police found 52 wraps of crack cocaine, weighing 9.32g, a large rock of the drug weighing 6.24g, big enough to create another 31 wraps, and another small wrap of the drug.

More than 20 wraps of heroin were also found on him.

In total Tyler, of Shelley Road, Wellingborough, was carrying 15.65g of crack cocaine, with a street value of £1,684, and 4.12g of heroin, worth £230 on the street.

He appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday (July 17) after pleading guilty to two charges of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply last month.

The man who Tyler had been with pleaded guilty to cannabis possession at another hearing and was given a three-month referral order.

The court heard that Tyler had previously been convicted of possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply, in relation to an incident on November 25 last year - 17 days after this offence took place - and was serving a 30 month sentence in a young offenders’ institution.

The court heard during the offence on November 8 Tyler was holding the drugs for a dealer who had made threats to harm his family and burn his house down.

But Judge Sylvia De Bertodano said she was “not prepared to accept that” and invited Tyler to give evidence on this stance, which he declined to do.

Sentencing him, Judge De Bertodano said: “It’s clear that you were dealing in Class A drugs on the street. You know very well that is serious.

“Class A drugs ruin lives, it can’t be said often enough, they are the at the heart of much other crime.

“You are very young to be committing such serious crimes - you are 18 now and were 17 at the time of this offence.

“But it’s not the first time you have come to the attention of the courts, you have previous convictions from when you were even younger for possessing cannabis.”

She said Tyler wasn’t “at the top of the tree” with drug dealing but said he was “playing a significant role”.

She sentenced Tyler to 12 months in prison to run consecutively with the 30 months he is already serving.