A MAN turned to drug dealing because he ‘could not see the point’ of working for the minimum wage when he could make more cash by breaking the law.
Bradley Lewis, 20, made the statement to a probation officer after being convicted of two counts of being concerned in the supply of a class A drug, Portsmouth Crown Court heard.
His friend Scott Dollomore, 20, was also found guilty of the charge following their trial.
The court heard the pair were spotted together outside a property in Nutfield Place, Portsmouth, where Lewis was seen to conduct a drug deal with a person in the street.
Analysis of their mobile phones revealed messages relating to drug deals – although those on Dollomore’s phone spanned only a two-day period.
Messages on Lewis’s phone referred to more than 700 deals of cocaine and more than 30 of heroin.
Police searched their flat in Nutfield Place where they discovered eight wraps of heroin and 35 of cocaine, along with £740 cash in Dollomore’s wallet.
Both were forensically linked to the cash.
Both men told police they were acting as street dealers for someone higher up the chain.
They were each found guilty of two counts of being concerned in the supply of a class A drug between June 19 and June 24 2012.
Lewis was jailed for 18 months while Dollomore received a 12-month prison sentence.
Addressing Lewis and Dollomore, Judge Sarah Munro QC, sentencing, said: ‘The best mitigation that you both have is that you were both clearly under the influence of those higher up in the chain of drug dealing.’
Addressing Lewis, Judge Munro said: ‘You have no focus in your life.
‘You have no real aims and you are recorded as saying that you could not see the point of working for the minimum wage when you can earn more dealing drugs.
‘I have no doubt that you did say that.’
She added: ‘That’s depressing indeed.’
Orders were made for the cash and heroin and cocaine that was seized to be forfeited.