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CAUGHT DEALING: Abbots Langley and Garston drug dealers avoid prison after being caught out

 Published on: 17th June 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Two men, one from Garston and one from Abbots Langley, were caught supplying drugs in Leavesden.

Prosecutor Richard Potts told St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday, July 16 that Paul Richards, 47, from Garston, was in a rental car that was stopped by the police on High Road, Leavesden, nearly two years ago, on July 4, 2019. He was stopped because officers noticed he was shaking.

£400 in cash was recovered, along with mobile phones and 171.5 grams of cannabis with a street value of £1,700. No drugs were found in Richards’ home, but postcodes discovered on his phone suggested he had been driving his co-defendant, Cameron Lewis, around to supply drugs.

At an earlier hearing in April, Lewis, 26, of Upper Highway, Abbots Langley, received a 24-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to possessing Class A and Class B drugs with intent to supply.

Richards of Starling Place, Boundary Way, Garston, pleaded guilty to possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply.

Alex Krikler, defending, said Richards had worked as a printer for 21 years before losing his job. He was then employed at a funeral home but the work caused him to have flashback and a nervous breakdown.

At the time of the offence, he had split from his partner, but they are now back together and she is supporting him, said Mr Krikler.

The barrister said he had sought help to turn his life around and was no longer using illegal drugs. Judge Stephen Warner passed a 12-month community order with 10 days’ rehabilitation.

He warned him: “Those involved in the supply of controlled drugs face the prospect of losing their liberty.”

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