Teen offered £1,000 to look after 1kg drug stash caught within hours

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A teenager was promised £1,000 for storing wraps of heroin and more than a kilo of cannabis for a drug dealer – but just a day later police arrived and discovered the stash.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that in the early hours of June 23, 2019, police investigating an allegation of assault went to 19-year-old Leigh Bishop’s house in the St Mellons area of Cardiff.

Byron Broadstock, prosecuting, said the teenager was arrested in connection with the alleged assault and officers then searched the property and garden.

He said in the garden police found a “large knife”, a package containing 14g of heroin, a vacuum-sealed bag containing 1kg of skunk cannabis, and a carrier bag containing a jar and plastic container with another 28g of cannabis in various-sized deals.

The court heard the defendant’s mobile phones were seized and examined but they did not contain any messages relating to street dealing.

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In his interview Bishop said he been approached by a man the previous day and offered £1,000 to look after the drugs for a couple of days with the payment to be handed over when the drugs were collected.

Mr Broadstock said an officer in the case said it was not unusual for dealers to get other people to keep their stash of drugs for them rather than running the risk of being caught with it themselves.

Bishop, of Crumlin Avenue, St Mellons, Cardiff, admitted possession of heroin and cannabis with intent to supply on a basis of plea. He has no previous convictions.

Paul Hewitt, for Bishop, said the defendant accepted the drugs in his possession were always going to end up on the streets but his role had been limited to acting as a “custodian” of them.

He said his client was capable of being rehabilitated and, given Bishop’s age, lack of previous convictions, guilty pleas, and the delay in the matter coming to court, he invited the judge to suspend any term of imprisonment.

Giving the defendant a one-third discount for his guilty pleas judge Daniel Williams sentenced him to a total of 12 months in a young offenders’ institution suspended for 18 months and ordered him to complete 140 hours of unpaid work. The defendant must also pay £360 towards the prosecution costs.

As the teenager left the dock the judge told him: “Don’t play the gangster again, Mr Bishop, for your own sake.”

The court heard the allegations of assault that first led police to Bishop’s door were not proceeded with.



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