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'Stupid' Leintwardine man helped drug dealer
12:24pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A LEINTWARDINE carpenter was paid in crack cocaine to hold a wad of £740 for a known drug dealer, Hereford Crown Court heard.
A husband and father, John Woolley, 34, of Roman Close, was told by Judge Pierce Higgins that he had been “extremely stupid”. He sentenced him to an 18-month community order.
Woolley pleaded guilty to being concerned of supplying a class A drug and now faces 150 hours of unpaid work.
On November 5 last year of ficers observed two known drug dealers fleeing Woolley – who was seen sitting in a flower bed with plastic bags strewn around him.
Upon being searched he was found to have two mobile phones on his person, one of which contained a message arranging a drug deal.
Described by Caroline Bradley, prosecuting, as showing “all the hallmark signs of a drug addict”, Mr Woolley had reportedly showed signs of getting his life back together after receiving a 36-month prison sentence in 2006.
Anthony Bell, defending, told the court that having been twice made redundant last year, under the burden of supporting a wife who was no longer able to work, Woolley had reverted back into his pre- 2006 lifestyle.
Judge Higgins told Mr Woolley he took “modest pay for a high risk” – he had been paid to hold the money and phone for a crack rock with the approximate value of £20.
However he commended him for having since got clean of drugs and passed a sentence “at the bottom end of the offence”.
In addition to the community order, the court issued a Section 27 order to seize the cash and destroy the drugs found.
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