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Dealer stashed drugs in children’s chocolate egg

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

A drug dealer who stashed wraps of drugs in a children’s Kinder egg has escaped a jail term.

James Connolly Benson, 31, of Wood Green, Leyland, sobbed as Judge Norman Wright heard he was arrested after a police officer spotted him with the Kinder egg in his hand.

The father-of-two pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug (diamorphine) with intent to supply and possessing criminal property, relating to £650 cash he had in his jeans pocket.

Tom Lord, prosecuting, said on October 16 last year a PC had been on his way to another job when he saw Benson in an alleyway. The officer saw Benson “fiddling” with something in his hand, which appeared to be the plastic component of a children’s Kinder egg.

He said: “ Inside it was some brown powder. At that point he attempted to detain him and managed to get Mr Benson on the ground, and he threw the egg over a wall.

“When the officer went around the other side of the wall he saw five plastic wraps on the floor around the egg which had split on impact, and a further four inside. He was searched and found to have £650 in his possession.

“In total the bags contained 10g of diamorphine, with an estimated £90 value.”

Preston Crown Court heard Benson made an admission to police in an interview.

Adrian Williams defending, said: “The dealing comes as a result of being a long term addict. Being a man who has through periods of time secured and maintained employment, and a family man with two very young children, any loss of employment has been difficult for him.

“He was doing it as an easy option. He had to work off a drug debt while maintaining his own heroin use. He was in his own words ‘like a puppet’.”

He was sentenced to a three-year community order with supervision and must complete a drug rehabilitation order.

 

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