Convicted Billingham drug dealer to miss the birth of his first child

A DRUG dealer who was peddling cocaine and ketamine has been jailed for more than two years.

Andrew Cummins was also caught with ecstasy, weighing scales, cash, mobile phones and plastic bags when police searched his Billingham home in January this year.

The 25-year-old had almost 13 grams of cocaine, worth between £750 and £1,300; more than 27 grams of ketamine, worth between £560 and £700; as well as more than ten grams of ecstasy that was for his own personal use.

Teesside Crown Court heard how a forensic search of his mobile phone showed the defendant was regularly contacted by customers wanting to buy drugs.

The defendant admitted that he would hand over the drugs near to his Billingham home as well as selling the Cocaine to friends at parties.

Cummins, of Pendle Crescent, Billingham, pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply, possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply and possession of a Class A drug.

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John Wilkinson, in mitigation, said his client had been full and frank in his police interview.

He added: “He is a 26-year-old man who lives on his own, it’s right that he has a long term partner and they are expecting a child with is due in the middle of next year.

“He has worked for a car leasing company within its maintenance department, that came to an end last month due to the current health situation.

“He was a user of cocaine and some of this would have been for how own use.

“He is clearly a low level dealer, the cocaine he had was just enough for 13 deals.”

Judge Jonathan Carroll told Cummins that a custodial sentence was unavoidable and warned him he would likely miss the birth of his first child.

He said: “You have turned your world upside down and you will likely miss the birth of your child.

“You have thrown away what seems to me to be a good young life with potential.

“You are just on the edge of drugs and you have turned your world upside down but you are hopefully, young enough to turn that around.”

Cummins was jailed for 28 months for possession with intent to supply cocaine, he was also given a 12 month concurrent sentence for the ketamine charge and no additional penalty for the possession of the ecstasy.

Judge Carroll added: “You will serve half of your sentence before you will be eligible for release.”

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