A YOUNG waiter from Chester has been jailed for two years after police found Class A drugs worth hundreds of pounds in his home.
Daniel Randles, 21, was stopped by police on Burns Way, Blacon, in January when they suspected he was riding a stolen bike late at night, Chester Crown Court was told.
The officers smelt cannabis and took him to Blacon police station to conduct a drugs search, said Peter Hussey, prosecuting.
Police said Randles was visibly shaking when they searched him and they found four small wraps of cocaine worth about £20 each.
They then went to his home and conducted a further search where they found another two small wraps and a large bag containing six grams of cocaine.
They also found a number of plastic snapbags with their corners cut away which had been used to make bags for dealing. The total value of the cocaine was £370.
Mr Hussey said Randles was trusted by dealers further up the chain and said he played a significant role in distributing drugs while out on his bike.
David Watson, defending, said Randles was of previous good character. He had no convictions and had cleaned up his act since being arrested in January, finding work at the Slug and Lettuce bar and resturant in Chester city centre.
“It happened at a time when the family had enough to deal with because there is an older brother who is seriously ill with cancer,” said Mr Hussey.
“The defendant foolishly alllowed himself to fall under the influence of certain people. He started using cocaine and it became something of a habit. He was then drawn into the world of illicit drugs.
“This whole process has really taken its toll on him.”
Mr Watson urged Judge Roger Dutton not to send Randles to prison immediately. “I submit in this case it would be a detrimental step to deprive this man of his liberty when he has spent so much of his time trying to turn his life around.”
Mr Watson said Randles was ashamed of his actions and has completly finished with drugs as a result. He called him a “changed young man” and asked the judge to suspend any prison sentence.
In sentencing Randles, Judge Roger Dutton, said he had to imprison Randles because he was trusted by the dealers to hold the drugs and package them.
Judge Dutton told him: “You will not be the first young man to be drawn into serious criminal offences by drug dealers.
“You must, on the basis you were playing a significant role, although at the lower end, serve a custodial sentence.”
Judge Dutton sent Randles to prison for two years and ordered the destruction of the drugs.