A TEENAGER who was found with £25,000 worth of heroin has avoided a jail term.
Kieron Bisson was caught trying to smuggle the drugs through Portsmouth’s continental ferry port.
The 19-year-old was facing jail but Portsmouth Crown Court heard a drugs ring had taken advantage of him.
Barnaby Shaw, defending, said Bisson suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and had got into debt over cannabis.
‘He was sat down and told in no uncertain terms how he could go about discharging the £800 debt,’ he said.
‘He could see no alternative but to agree.’
Bisson, of Rectory Close, St Clements, Jersey, pleaded guilty to knowingly acquiring possession of 246 grams of the class A drugs following his arrest in July.
Recorder Donald Tait ruled that it was in the interests of justice to depart from the sentencing guidelines and not jail Bisson.
He said: ‘This is your last chance. Take it and make something of your life.’
Bisson was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years and told to do 250 hours of unpaid work.
He will have to stick to a curfew between 8pm and 7am everyday for four months.