Wannabe drug dealer caught on first day after turning to crime to pay off debt

A man who began selling drugs was caught by police the same day he started his new venture.

Rudy Young, 35, became addicted to cocaine following the end of his marriage and was forced to turn to drug dealing in order to pay off his debts.

Young is a licensed scrap metal merchant and fears towards his family and losing his business led him into the direction of drug dealing.

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On just his first day of selling drugs, Young was apprehended by police on January 20 2021 in Blackpool after the force spotted a car which had stopped on Ryedale Avenue, with a pedestrian leaning in through the window.

Police suspected a drug deal was taking place and they proceeded to stop the vehicle when Young, of Chapel Road Residential Site, Blackpool, identified himself to the police.

Police found bags containing white powder, two mobile phones and £450 cash during their search of the car as text messages on one of the phones was relating to drug dealing activity said Claire Larton, prosecuting, at Preston Crown Court, Lancs Live reported.

Julie Taylor, defending, said Young's recreational cocaine use became his way of coping following the breakdown of his marriage and the continual racking of debt forced him to agree to sell drugs.

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"He wasn't very successful", Ms Taylor said. "He got caught on the very first day."

While Young pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs, he avoided jail time and was instead handed a two year sentence suspended for two years and 150 hours of unpaid work.

Young previously had no convictions and two cautions and his time on an electronically monitored curfew as well as co-operation with the Probation Service to prepare a pre-sentence report was taken into account.

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Judge Simon Medland QC, sentencing, said: "You are plainly a resourceful person because you set up your own business as a licenced scrap metal merchant. You have a relationship and you want to do well in the world.

"Your problem arose inevitably because you began to take cocaine, which is a destructive, an addictive and an expensive substance. Those who take it inevitably can't afford it, and you end up being trapped up in a cycle of your own causing, where you are brought into contact with those who are serious criminals who want you to do their work.


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