Rehab for dealer who was caught with heroin

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A DRUG dealer was caught after police pulled him over for using a mobile phone while driving.

The officers became suspicious of John Evans because he appeared nervous after they stopped him in Forton Road, Gosport.

They decided to search the 32-year-old and found 12 wraps of heroin and one of cocaine, worth a total of £140.

Evans, who has previous convictions for possessing drugs, admitted dealing.

He said he had agreed to sell the drugs after getting into £3,000 of debt with his dealer.

His dealer had threatened him until he agreed to do it, he claimed. Evans, of Sycamore Close, Fareham, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply following his arrest in January 2011.

Sentencing him at Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday, Recorder Frank Privett said he was prepared to give him a chance to go straight.

Evans was given a two-year community order and told to get 12 months of drug rehabilitation treatment.

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