A NEWBURY teenager has narrowly avoided imprisonment for drugs offences.
At Reading Crown Court on Friday 16 October, George Morgan, aged 19, of Dickens Walk, Newbury, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled drug of class B, mephedrone (commonly referred to as M-cat or meow meow), with intent to supply, one count of possession of a controlled drug of class A, cocaine, and one count of possession of a controlled drug of class B, cannabis.
At the same hearing, Morgan was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work, placed under 12 months supervision by probation and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge totalling £1,000.
Morgan was arrested in Newbury on Boxing Day last year when he was found in possession of six deal bags of mephedrone. Morgan’s property was searched later the same day, during which cocaine was located.
Thames Valley Police executed a further warrant at Morgan’s property on 13 February this year, during this search cannabis was found.
Morgan was charged with the aforementioned offences on 23 June.
Investigating officer, Sgt Damien Isherwood of the patrol team based at Newbury police station, said: “Morgan had no choice but to plead guilty to the charges due to the overwhelming evidence against him. If Morgan reoffends in the next two years then his suspended sentence will be imposed.
“I am happy with the result and would like to thank all those at Thames Valley Police who worked on this investigation, as well as the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing the case to court.
“The judge commented that drugs ruin people’s lives and I would echo these remarks; drug dealers spread misery and take advantage of the vulnerable in society.
“Thames Valley Police will continue to target drug dealers with every possible means available to us in order to make West Berkshire a safe place to live. If you have any information about drug dealing in West Berkshire then please contact the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
“If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”