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A TEENAGER who was one of the youngest drug dealers in Portsmouth is today behind bars.

Aged just 16 at the time, Odud Miah helped supply local addicts with heroin and crack cocaine.

Miah was snared after travelling from London with 20-year-old Isaac Blay-Johnson and setting up shop in a flat at Portland Terrace, Southsea.

Now the pair have been given lengthy sentences after being caught in the act by police, who today warned young people to steer clear of drugs - or face jail.

Officers were called to the flat on January 14 last year. When they knocked on the door and identified themselves they heard noises inside and the sound of a toilet flushing - and broke down the door to get in.

Inside they found Miah and Blay-Johnson in the living room, where the sofa was smeared with white powder. The pair were surrounded by drug paraphernalia including black plastic bags, clingfilm and scissors.

Police searched the flat and seized 2.96g of heroin from the kitchen and living room.

In total 6.41g of crack cocaine and 1.53g of heroin was found in the toilet bowel where the pair had tried to flush the drugs. The total haul was worth about 1,050.

Miah also had 363.63 cash, class B drug cannabis and two mobile phones on him.

One phone had images of Miah with piles of cash on.

The other, believed to be Blay-Johnson's, contained messages to known Portsmouth drug addicts.

Miah, now 17, of Arcola Street, London, pleaded guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and was sentenced to an 18-month detention and training order.

Blay-Johnson, also of Arcola Street, London, admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine. He received a two-and-a-half-year jail sentence.

An order was also made for the 363.63 cash to be forfeited and the drugs to be destroyed.

PC Rob Bowman, who led the investigation, warned youngsters not to be fooled into thinking drug dealing was 'cool'.

‘Young people shouldn't be blinded by promises that drug dealing is a glamorous life,' he said.

‘They are taking all the risk, someone else is making money out of it and they will be the ones who go to prison.

‘The likelihood is Miah had illusions that it's cool to be a drug dealer and wouldn't get caught because he was in a house out of the way.

‘If anyone is asked to hold drugs or carry them and take them to Portsmouth just don't do it - you will end up going to prison.'

Judge Ian Pearson, sentencing, said: ‘Anyone who assists in dealing or supplying class A drugs must expect to be dealt with severely, particularly when there are two class A drugs involved.'

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by CLARE SEMKE

Crime reporter

clare.semke@thenews.co.uk

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