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A DEALER who peddled crack cocaine and heroin on Portsmouth’s streets to pay off a drug debt is behind bars.

Omar Prempeh, 20, was caught with class A drugs worth almost £1,000 when police acting on information raided an address at Orchard Park.

An officer at the back of the property spotted Prempeh throwing an item out of the window into a neighbouring garden.

It was seized and found to contain 47 street deals of heroin with an estimated street value of £340.

Officers searched a bedroom at the property and found £330 cash which was also seized.

Matthew Lawson, prosecuting at Portsmouth Crown Court, said an additional 30 wraps of crack cocaine weighing just over four grams were found.

Those drugs had an estimated street value of £600, bringing the total value of the drugs seized to £940.

Francisca Da Costa, defending, said Prempeh turned to dealing in a bid to pay off his drug debt after dealers threatened to hurt him and members of his family.

Miss Da Costa said: ‘The dealers knew where he lived. He lived at home with his mother and his two younger brothers and younger sister.

‘Violence was threatened not just against Mr Prempeh but also his mother and his siblings.’

She added: ‘He fell into that trap that so many users do where he received cannabis on tick and he became in debt to such a degree that he didn’t have any savings, didn’t have any money to pay the dealers.’

Prempeh, of Matthews Street, Wandsworth, London, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.

He was sentenced to two years in jail.

Addressing Prempeh, Judge Ian Pearson, sentencing, said: ‘You are a young man who got into debt with a drug supplier.

‘You are a smoker of cannabis and very foolishly agreed to come to Portsmouth from south London to work off that drug debt by dealing in drugs.

‘You are a rather naive young man.’

Judge Pearson added: ‘Anyone who deals in class A drugs, even the lower end of the scale, must expect to be dealt with severely because persons above you in the chain exploit people like you.’

An order was made for the drugs seized to be forfeited and destroyed.

The £330 cash seized was also to be forfeited.