A teenage drug dealer who was stopped by police in Watford was sentenced to four years’ detention yesterday (Tuesday, November 5).
Deshaun Campbell-Ngongo, 19, did not have any drugs on him when searched by officers on May 30, but they took his mobile phone away to be analysed.
Prosecutor Stefan Weidmann told St Albans Crown Court that drug advertising text messages were found. They included: ‘Banging light and dark, big sizes’ – referring to heroin and crack cocaine.
A warrant was executed at his address on July 11 and although there were no Class A drugs, another “burner phone” was found along with caffeine and paracetamol that are used as drug cutting agents.
Messages on the burner phoned included: “3 for 20 fat rocks – Hollywood in town”.
Campbell-Ngongo of Cedar Court, Upper Park Road, Arnos Grove, London appeared for sentence via a video line from Peterborough jail. He had pleaded guilty to two charges of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
He had two previous convictions for drug supply from 2017 and for robbery when he was aged 13.
Defending, Sheryl Nwuso said he is still only 19, but accepts he has a poor record. She said he was indebted to drug dealers and was involved to pay of his debt.
Judge Michael Kay QC told him: “There is no dispute you were dealing in Class A drugs. It is no excuse that you were in debt to drug dealers.
“The most important mitigating factor is your age. If you were older there would have been a higher starting point.”