Lowestoft man jailed for three years after being caught dealing class A drugs for second time
PUBLISHED: 12:34 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:40 05 April 2018
A man convicted for possessing and intending to supply crack cocaine and heroin has been sentenced to three years in jail.
Alex Baldry, 21, appeared via video link from HMP Norwich today, charged with two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
Baldry had previously plead guilty to both convictions when he appeared in Norwich Magistrate’s Court on December 20, 2017 and March 28, 2018.
Baldry, of Beaconsfield Road, Lowestoft, has previous convictions for selling cocaine and heroin, as well as possession of a knife and money laundering.
He was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court in April 2017 to 15 months in youth custody.
But upon his early release in October of that year, he returned to the streets and was once again arrested by police on December 19.
Officers were alerted to a group of people in Beresford Road by the public, and upon the officer’s arrival, Baldry ran off.
Police gave chase, catching the defendant.
A member of the public then alerted officers to the fact that Baldry had thrown a plastic packet down a drain, and upon retrieving it, 5.56 grams of cocaine worth £550 was discovered.
1.61 grams of heroin was also found, divided into 17 bags, valued at £117.
Baldry was also discovered to be carrying £299 in cash.
Mitigating, Michael Clare told Judge Bates: “Mr Baldry played down the ‘background drama’ when he spoke in his pre-sentence report.
“Mr Baldry was indebted to people higher up the drug chain, and was in fear for his life. He lives with his parents, brother and sister, and was also in fear for their lives.”
He added: “It is little by way of mitigation, but Mr Baldry is at street level, with far more criminally sophisticated people above him who are determined to make a fortune out of selling drugs.
“I would also ask your honour to consider Mr Baldry’s relative youth.”
Judge Bates said: “I will bare in mind your relative youth, and the fact you plead guilty at the earliest opportunity. But this is not the first time you have been sentenced for class A dealing.
“You are sentenced to three years in prison with 12 months concurrent for possession of criminal property.”