Rudyard Cocaine user sold drugs to pay off debts
DRUG user Jamie Pope has avoided prison after being caught with drugs worth more than £800.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the 23-year-old was stopped by police in the grounds of St Edward's Church, in Leek, on October 15, 2011.
He had thrown a pot containing 13 bags of cocaine, with a value of £520, on the ground. Officers who searched him at the police station found two more bags of cocaine, and a bag of Class B drug Mcat, in his underwear, with a total value of £110.
Police then raided his home and found skunk cannabis with a value of £130, and Mcat with a value of £105.
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Prosecutor David Bennett said: "His mobile phone was analysed. In it was found a dealer list and a number of texts relating to the supply of drugs."
Pope, of The Crescent, Rudyard, pleaded guilty to possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply, and two counts of possessing a Class B drug with intent.
Jason Holt, mitigating, said: "He was a user of cocaine and had run up a debt to a known dealer.
"In order to pay off his debt he was given a number of wraps to pass on to associates who were already customers of the dealer. In return he would receive cocaine or money off what he owed."
Mr Holt said Pope was no longer taking cocaine and worked full time.
Judge David Fletcher handed him a 20-month sentence, suspended for two years, with 24 months supervision. He must also complete a nine-month drug rehabilitation requirement.
Judge Fletcher said: "I take the view there is a real prospect of your rehabilitation."