‘Failure’ teen was even a flop at selling drugs

JAILED Gustave Atalia
JAILED Gustave Atalia
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A TEENAGER described as a failure at everything he does – even drug dealing – has been jailed for two years.

Dopey Gustave Atalia was arrested after a member of the public repeatedly spotted him selling drugs on the streets of Buckland, Portsmouth.

When the neighbour tipped off some passing police officers they lay in wait for the 17-year-old.

It wasn’t long before he was back on the street corner selling drugs and they pounced.

The police found he had hidden 49 wraps of crack cocaine and 31 of heroin, worth a total of £1,620, in his underpants.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Atalia had travelled to Portsmouth from London with a group of men who then sent him out to sell drugs.

Ghulam Humayun, defending, said he had dropped out of school at 16 and had failed at whatever he had tried.

‘Even when dealing drugs he wasn’t very good,’ he said.

‘On each occasion he made no attempt to be discreet.’

He added: ‘It’s fair to say this defendant hasn’t had the best of guidance.

‘He is someone who wants to learn but he accepts that throughout his life he has done things that have jeopardised any progress.’

Atalia, who is now 18, of Peckham Rye, south London, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

Jailing him for two years Recorder Stuart Jones QC said: ‘I am told you fell in with a group of acquaintances who were up to no good and under their guidance you came to Portsmouth.

‘Anybody who deals with cases like this is often sceptical about the stories they are told but I have to say that I am prepared to accept that aged 17 as you were there’s a good possibility that you were being manipulated by others older than you.

‘You were doing what you were doing under a good deal of pressure.’