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JAILED: Hemel Hempstead drug dealer gets three years in prison after being caught in suicide callout

 Published on: 5th January 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Hemel Hempstead drug dealer was caught when his former partner called the police because he told her he was going to kill himself.

Officers found 15 wraps of cocaine and a small amount of cannabis when they went to check on 23-year-old Callum Reid.

Luton Crown Court heard today that when Reid was arrested he began flailing himself around. One officer was kicked on his right leg and another was struck on the cheek bone by Reid’s head.

Reid, of Jennings Way, Hemel Hempstead, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply, possessing cannabis and two charges of assaulting an emergency worker.

He had received a 20 week jail sentence suspended for two years in March 2021 for causing actual bodily harm, making threats to kill and criminal damage. In October last year he was sentenced for battery.

Defending, Michael McAlinden said there had been no police intelligence about him dealing drugs as the officers had simply gone to his home for a welfare check.

He said he had been taking drugs and threats were made to him to sell them. “It was not his drugs operation,” he said.

At the time of his arrest he had suffered an ankle injury and was in pain, causing him to behave in a reckless way towards the officers.

Recorder Andrew Johnson sentenced him to three years in jail and activated the 20 week suspended sentence. The time Reid has spent on remand will count towards his release date.

The judge told him: “You were playing a significant role in the supply of controlled drugs.”

He said the £48 in cash found at Reid’s home will be forfeited and given to the UTurn charity.

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