Teenager was caught on ‘one-off mission’ suppling Class A drugs in King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 16:02 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:02 18 May 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

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A teenager was caught on a “one-off mission” delivering cocaine and heroin to the streets of King’s Lynn, a court heard.

Arron Bell, 18, from Bradford, was put under pressure to deliver the drugs to Norfolk when he was stopped in North Lynn following a police operation on March 14, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said that Bell was seen getting out of a car in the Reid Way area and heading to a block of flats when he was stopped and dropped a package containing 30 wraps of cocaine and 10 wraps of heroin.

He also had between £300 to £400 in cash on him.

Mr Ivory said Bell told police he had been put under pressure to deliver the drugs.

Bell admitted possession of Class A with intent to supply and having criminal property.

He was given a two-year detention order, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.

Judge Maureen Bacon accepted he had been put under pressure and said: “This was a one-off mission.”

Also in the dock was Matthew Blow, 37, of Woodwark Avenue, North Lynn, who had been acting as a driver for Bell. He admitted being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

He was given a 12-month community order, which includes a drug treatment programme.

Charles Stewart, for Bell, said that he was of previous good character and had been put under pressure to deliver the drugs to Norfolk.

“It was a relief to him to be arrested,” he said. “This was a one-off.”

Hugh Vass, for Blow, said his only involvement was driving Bell to deliver some drugs as he had felt sorry for him.

Mr Vass said: “He did it as a favour because he felt sorry for him.”

He said that he became involved after meeting Bell to buy some cocaine for himself. He had agreed to drive him when he realised Bell was upset at being forced to deliver the drugs.

The arrests were part of the ongoing Operation Gravity campaign against drug crime in Norfolk.

The campaign was launched in December 2016 in response to an increase in serious violent crime linked to county line drug dealing in Norfolk. Since then there have been hundreds of arrests.

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