Drug addict jailed for selling heroin and crack

Michael Smith, who was convicted of possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply
Michael Smith, who was convicted of possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply
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A STREET dealer found with about £1,000 of heroin and crack cocaine on him has been jailed by a judge.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard police were called when Michael Smith was seen darting in and out of a telephone booth in Portsmouth.

Officers searched Smith, 35, of Toronto Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, and found a mobile phone and a combined total of £1,000 of heroin and crack cocaine wraps.

Prosecutor Francis Abott said: ‘A man was seen acting suspiciously in and out of a telephone kiosk.

‘It turned out it was Smith – he was searched and it was discovered that he had a number of wraps of Class A drugs.’

At an earlier hearing Smith pleaded guilty and was given the chance to attend a four-week residential drug course.

But he left just two weeks into the course.

Louisa Bagley, defending, said: ‘He found it extremely difficult.’

She added: ‘He remained clean and he has not relapsed.’

Sentencing, Judge Sarah Munro QC said Smith would not have gone to prison immediately if he had completed the residential scheme he walked out of.

She said: ‘You are a long-standing drug addict.

‘Had you completed it you would not be going to prison.

‘I hope that during this sentence you will remain drug-free.’

Smith had pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply.

He was given a 21-month prison sentence.

Judge Munro ordered the destruction of the seized drugs.

Smith has 24 previous convictions from 15 court appearances, including one in 2003 for possession of a Class B drug, cannabis resin.