A ROUTINE street search by police ended in a man being jailed for three years for dealing class A drugs.
Scott Roberts was in Bridge Street, Park Gate, with another man when he was stopped by officers.
He turned out to have 14 wraps of crack cocaine, worth £140, on him and he was arrested.
The 31-year-old denied he was intending to deal the drugs but was found guilty after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.
Sam Brown, defending, said Roberts was annoyed that the other man, whose name was only given as ‘Lammy’, was not facing charges as well.
‘The defendant accepts now the verdict of the jury,’ he said.
‘He is extremely disappointed with himself, let alone those he has let down, such as his long term partner. He will never return, he tells me, to serious crime again and he has found his experience in custody the most useful part of the process of cleansing himself of any criminal associates.’
Referring to the other man who was not arrested, Mr Brown said: ‘He is angry that he was not dealt with.’
He said Roberts had dealt drugs in July 2009 to fund his habit and had not made money out of it.
‘The greatest benefit he received was to be able to continue to use class A drugs,’ he said.
Jailing him, Judge Roger Hetherington said: ‘Despite acknowledging that you probably bore some sense of injustice that the person with you was also not prosecuted I have no alternative but to impose an immediate significant sentence because this was supplying class A drugs.’
Roberts, of St Anne’s Grove, Fareham, was found guilty of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.
The court heard he has previous convictions for offering to supply amphetamines and possession of cocaine.