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FINAL CHANCE: Drug runner given suspended sentence after being caught in Abbots Langley

 Published on: 24th August 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A drug runner who was caught by the police in Abbots Langley was told he was getting a “final chance” as he was handed a suspended jail sentence.

Brian Bryson, 38, of Blue Anchor Court, Jubilee Road, Watford, was sentenced on Friday, August 4, after the judge heard he had been stabbed and was dealing “under compulsion” in order to clear a £2,500 drug debt.

Prosecutor Andrea Scott-Lynch said officers were in an unmarked police car on April 6 last year when they saw what they thought was a drug deal.

She said: “They followed the defendant on a moped and stopped him. He said he was just delivering food but was shaking and nervous.

“He told the police: ‘You will be taking me in. I have got class A.’”

Police seized cocaine with a street value of £180, six bags of cannabis with a street value between £120 and £180, and £90 cash.

Bryson appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to possessing class A and class B drugs with intent to supply. He had 17 previous convictions for 32 offences.

Defending, Robin Younghusband said Bryson had performed only a limited role under direction and had been threatened and recently stabbed. Other than this drug offence, he said he had kept out of trouble since 2019.

Recorder Lee Harris sentenced Bryson to 21 months in jail suspended for 18 months. He must attend a Thinking Skills Programme, a six-month alcohol requirement and 20 rehabilitation days. In addition, he must abide by a four-month curfew between 9pm and 7am.

The judge told him: “I hope you appreciate you are being given a final chance.”

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