Norwich man offered to supply drugs

A young man who was found with text messages on his phone offering to supply drugs to his friends has been given 12 months custody.

Police found the messages on the phone of William Mayes, 19, after he and another man Andrew Russen, 21, were arrested in Norwich city centre in London Street, in the early hours of March 5, after Russen, 21, was seen to hand over a single £20 wrap of cocaine to another man, Norwich Crown Court heard.

When police searched Mayes he was found to have some class C ketamine, which was for his own personal use.

Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said the messages on Mayes phone related mainly to the supply of cannabis and ketamine although one message related to cocaine.

Mayes, of Ropes Walk, Blofield, admitted offering to supply drugs and possession of ketamine and was given 12 months in a young offender’s institution.

Russen, of Oak Avenue, Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich, admitted supplying a single wrap of cocaine on March 5 and was given a two year community order and made to do 250 hours unpaid work and had a six month curfew imposed. He was also ordered to pay £750 towards prosecution costs.

Andrew Oliver who defended both men, said that Mayes involvement was to supply a friends with cannabis and ketamine to fund his own use over a period of about four months.

He said that the one offer to supply cocaine never took place.

“He offered to supply to people that he knew were users of ketamine and cannabis.”

Mr Oliver said it was to a “close knit” group .

“He has accepted his behaviour during this period got completely out of control.”

He said that Mayes had now sought help from the Matthew Project and had the support of his family.

For Russen, Mr Oliver said that he had “foolishly” agreed to supply one £20 cocaine wrap to a friend.

“It was a small amount of cocaine. It was a one off incident.”

He said that the case had been a wake-up call for Russen: “He has realised what he was doing was wrong. This is a lapse, a one-off foolish decision that he has made while intoxicated.”

He said that Russen was in work and had the support of his family.

“He bitterly regrets his action.”

via : EDP24

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