Suspended sentence for “vulnerable young man” arrested following drugs bust at Latchford property


POLICE raided a house in Latchford after receiving intelligence that it housed a drugs dealing operation, a court heard today. (Fri)

After watching the premises in Pichael Nook for a while the officers’ suspicions were confirmed and they entered and located two young men, said Will Griffin, prosecuting.

One of these, Khiarn Chandler, told them he had drugs in his waistband but when he was searched none were found. They searched where he had been located and seized a Nokia phone and an iPhone and a snap bag of cannabis.

Mr Griffin said that a further search of the area where Chandler and the other youth had been sitting revealed heroin, crack cocaine, a total of £585 cash, digital scales and snap bags.
Mr Griffin said that the wraps of crack cocaine had a street value of £2,670 and the heroin was worth £1,050.
When interviewed Chandler, 18, made no comment.
Chandler, of Lawnhurst Avenue, Wythenshawe, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply and possessing criminal property.

Michael O’Brien, defending, said that Chandler, “Had a cannabis debt and had been told to sell the drugs to repay the debt.”
He had no previous convictions and “shows some insight into the harmful effect of drugs.”
Mr O’Brien said the defendant has an underlying issue with autism and ADHD and has been in custody since his arrest.

Judge David Aubrey, KC, described the defendant as “a vulnerable young man” who needed more assistance than he had received.
He sentenced him to two years detention suspended for two years and ordered him to carry out 20 days rehabilitation activities and 140 hours unpaid work.
“This will be your one and only chance to rehabilitate yourself. I have no doubt you have potential but it depends on you,” said Judge Aubrey.
The court heard that the other youth arrested at the scene has already been sentenced to a community order.


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