A man from St Albans has been jailed after initially being caught “snorting” something from a lottery ticket from CCTV operators.
CCTV operators in St Albans called the police about the two men.
The pair had been given the wrap of cocaine by their friend Jai Want, 26, who was arrested in a nearby alleyway off Victoria Street. He had three wraps on cocaine on him.
Yesterday/Thursday, Want, a roofer, of Townsend Avenue, St Albans, was jailed for 21 months after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Prosecutor Charles Judge played St Albans Crown Court footage showing the two men taking the drugs from Want in the early hours of April 1 last year.
“They take the cocaine and use it there and then. No money was passed. It was sharing” he said.
When arrested, he told the police he was drunk and had bought the drugs in a toilet in a pub.
The police examined his mobile phone which had messages from November 2017 and January 2018 relating to cocaine dealing.
He said: “Are you still looking to get white?”, “You got any flake?” and “I’ve got white sample mate.” One said: “5 for 40 3 for 100 absolute banging flake.”
Defending, Paul Webb said Want had been sharing drugs with friends over a short period of time.
He said the roofer had “knuckled down” since his arrest and had insight into how dangerous drugs can be.
Mr Webb asked the judge to pass a suspended sentence, saying he was “highly unlikely” to appear before the court again.
But Judge Michael Kay QC jailed him, saying: “Drugs ruin lives – however socially acceptable it is among your peers. It ruins the lives of people who take them and it ruins everybody else’s because crimes are committed by people needing money to buy drugs. It is a terrible scourge.”