A homeless Watford man was jailed for three years today (Thursday, February 20) after plain-clothed police officers spotted him dealing drugs.
Philip Organ, 45, was seen walking away from known drug users in a park off Cassio Road at a 12.45pm.
Prosecutor Mark Huntley told St Albans Crown Court he was stopped late last year and told the officers that white powder in his rucksack was “bicarb.”
He was searched and a knife, £500 worth of cocaine and heroin was found, along with £80 of cannabis. £620 was also recovered from the rucksack, along with a set of scales.
Organ, of no fixed address, who had previously lived in Watford’s YMCA, appeared for sentence via video link from Bedford Prison. He had pleaded guilty to possessing crack, heroin and cannabis with intent to supply. He also admitted possessing a knife in a public place on December 2 last year.
The court was told he previously had 10 convictions for 16 offences. None had been for drug supply.
Puneet Grewal, defending, said the former plumber had been a “slave to drugs” since his mother died in 2016. She said he had been living on the streets. Since being held in custody, he had been working to get off drugs, she said.
Jailing him, Judge Michael Kay QC said: “You will know the misery that being addicted to drug brings. In selling drugs you are bringing misery to others.”
The drugs and knife are to be destroyed. The £620 that was seized by the police is to be donated to acharity that deals with victims of crime.