Dealer caught in the act

Jed Brown of Bridlington
Jed Brown of Bridlington

A teenager caught dealing M-Cat on South Beach in Bridlington tried to claim he was getting rid of the drugs found at a party.

Builder Jed Brown, 20, was spotted by council CCTV with a gang of teenagers on South Beach and a police officer was sent who spotted Brown throw a bag in the sand. He tried to bury it with his foot.

Asked what it was Brown replied “What you on about? I don’t know nowt.”

Brown, of Palanza Terrace, Bridlington, pleaded guilty a single charge of possession with intent to supply 13.2 grams of, mephedrone and appeared for sentence at Hull Crown Court on (Friday August 14).

Brown was sentenced to 18 months in a Young Offenders’ Institution in October 2012 for drugs offences only to be caught again dealing on July 11 2014.

Crown barrister Giles Grant said Brown was a low-level dealer caught with 13 packets of the drugs with dealer amounts ranging from £10-£20.

Brown had £260 of M-Cat and messages on his telephone relating to deals of £60, £10 and two gram deals.

Brown told police he had found the drugs at a party and was trying to get rid of them.

Defence barrister Claire Holmes said Brown had been foolish not to accept his guilt earlier and realised he was letting others down.

She said he was in a relationship with a girl whose family was supportive helping him with work, first as a landscaper then as a builder. She said he was a user of drugs at the time of the offences. “He accepts he was very stupid,” said Ms Holmes. “He is ashamed of his actions.”

Sentencing Judge Mark Bury told Brown: “You are still a young man. You have a lot to look forward to. You have a partner with two children and the prospect of more to come, however, you are doing your best to ruin your life.

“You have already got a conviction for possession of M-Cat with intent to supply and was given a maximum sentence reduced on appeal. That was in 2012. And here you are in 2014 once again possessing M-Cat with intent to supply.

“I have no choice, but to send you to prison. When you come out you must remember you have responsibilities to your partner and her children. If you don’t you will be serving longer sentences and become a drug addict.”

He ordered Brown should be sentence to 10 months in a Young Offenders’ Institution. Brown mouthed the words: “see you soon” to his partner in the public gallery before being led away to cells below court.