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Drug dealer found out by off-duty police officer
3:04pm Friday 8th March 2013 in News
A DRUG dealer was caught after an eagle eyed policeman cycling to work spotted him peddling his wares on the streets.
Aaron White was selling heroin and crack cocaine in the early afternoon when the off-duty cop saw him close to Faringdon Road Park.
The officer kept an eye on the 20-year-old while he called colleagues, who arrived on the scene to arrest him shortly after 1.30pm on July 5.
And when he was searched he was found to have wraps of both class A drugs in one jeans pocket and a mobile phone in the other.
He was then taken to Gablecross police station where he was found to have more wraps of drugs hidden in his trousers.
In total, he had 31 wraps of heroin and 61 of crack cocaine, all in £10 street deals, and his phone revealed messages relating to the trade in drugs.
Colin Meeke, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court he was released on bail while the substances were analysed when he was caught with drugs again on January 31 during a stop search in the street.
White, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and one of possessing a small amount of cannabis.
Although he has no previous convictions for drugs matters, he was on a suspended sentence at the time of the offending.
Jane Malcolm, defending, said her client was a heavy cannabis user and agreed to sell the drugs for his dealer to get money for his own habit.
She said he also needed cash to help support his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
Judge Douglas Field jailed him for 28 months with six weeks added for breaching the suspended sentence imposed by magistrates in Oxford in February of last year.