A TEENAGER was caught dealing crack cocaine and heroin to pay off a drug debt.
Chay Maguire-Baker, 19, was nabbed by police, who had been tipped off.
They spotted him leaving his home, taking something from his mouth, and handing it to a man.
The next day more activity near the address that was believed to be drugs-related was spotted and police swooped.
On his arrest, officers found a key on a lanyard around Maguire-Baker’s neck, which opened the room he was living in at a shared house in Exeter Road, Southsea.
Inside the room police found £729.85 cash, 43 wraps of heroin and 71 wraps of crack cocaine.
The drugs had a total street value of £1,600.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard one wrap had Maguire-Baker’s fingerprint on.
Police also seized a mobile phone, on which they found a message he received shortly before his arrest, reading ‘Andy’s there 2 d 1 l.’
It was deciphered to read that the message was a request for 2g of ‘dark’ – heroin, and 1g of ‘light’ – crack cocaine, from someone called Andy, to be delivered at an appointment.
Maguire-Baker admitted two counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply in October last year.
Claire Wiggett, defending, said: ‘He saw no other option.
‘At that time he was addicted to cannabis himself, having smoked it since he was 13.
‘He was in drugs debt for that cannabis he was addicted to and he found himself within a group in the Peckham area and transported to Portsmouth, given a phone, given the drugs, and told: “this is what you need to do”.’
Maguire-Baker was sentenced to 24 months in jail suspended for two years and told to do 100 hours of unpaid work.
He was put under supervision for a year and told to pay a £100 victim surcharge.
Maguire-Baker, of Hardinge Crescent, London, was ordered to take part in 10 education, training and employment sessions and 19 sessions of a thinking skills programme.
Sentencing Maguire-Baker, recorder James Townsend said: ‘These are serious offences which have to attract a sentence, a custodial sentence, but in all the circumstances I’m going to suspend that sentence so you won’t have to serve it unless you get into further trouble.
‘This was dealing in drugs, in Class A drugs at that, but I accept you were acting on the direction of other people.
‘You adopted a lesser role, although you plainly pursued a part, including storing drugs at the address where you were staying.’
An order was made for the drugs to be seized, forfeited and destroyed.