A drug dealer caught peddling cocaine, MDMA and ketamine has walked free from court docket.
Emmanuel Dube had travelled to Newcastle from Manchester to promote medicine and was noticed appearing suspiciously by an officer in Jesmond.
When he was stopped, he was discovered to have hundreds of kilos of medicine in a Nike satchel and in the glove compartment of the automotive he was driving.
Newcastle Crown Court heard he had 45 packs of MDMA, 66 MDMA tablets, 37 packs of cocaine and 38 packs of ketamine.
Texts revealed he was concerned as a supply driver in a “busy and profitable” drug dealing operation, with 11 messages in the earlier 68 minutes associated to dealing. Prosecutors accepted they confirmed Dube was appearing below the route of another person.
Now, regardless of pleading responsible to possessing all three medicine with intent to produce, former semi-professional footballer Dube has been given a suspended jail sentence.
The court docket heard the offences occurred in June 2018 however the police didn’t ship the file to the CPS for him to be charged till April 2020, which is why the case has taken so lengthy to conclude.
A PC had seen Dube on Portland Terrace, Jesmond, and noticed what he appropriately suspected to be a drug deal occurring. As a consequence, he pulled him over on Lonsdale Terrace.
Neil Pallister, prosecuting, mentioned Dube confessed there have been medicine in the automotive and £630 in money was additionally discovered.
There was cocaine was value round £1,480, MDMA value greater than £2,000 and ketamine value greater than £1,100.
Dube mentioned he was going to be paid £100 a day and a coach ticket confirmed he had come to the North East the day earlier than, as he had claimed.
Recorder David Gordon sentenced him to 2 years suspended for 2 years with 240 hours unpaid work.
The choose informed him: “Almost all the time, those that are concerned in supplying class A medicine, which trigger such distress on our streets and in our society, go instantly to jail.
“There are many individuals who will suppose it’s best to go to custody.”
The choose mentioned medicine carry “distress and degradation” whereas making these ready to promote the “poison” wealthy.
He added that the proof solely reveals Dube was concerned for sooner or later however added: “There is an argument to say you richly deserve jail for what you bought your self concerned in via your personal stupidity.
“I’m nearly persuaded there is a method to punish you with out depriving you of your liberty instantly.”
Recorder Gordon mentioned references converse extremely of Dube, who’s “hard-working, conscientious, and does charitable work with younger individuals and others”.
Shada Mellor, defending, mentioned Dube, of Ernely Close, Longsight, Manchester, had acquired threatening cellphone calls after his arrest from these larger up the chain, who thought he had not been arrested and had, in truth, stolen the medicine.
Miss Mellor mentioned the threats included that he and his household could be kidnapped and tortured and she mentioned there was a recording to again up the declare. She additionally claimed he had been stabbed.
Miss Mellor mentioned he got here to Newcastle on the pretence of a legit job provide and didn’t realise he was being requested to ship medicine till he received right here.
She added that he considered going to the police when he realised he was in over his head and concerned with harmful individuals however was too afraid.
Miss Mellor informed the court docket: “He has matured and regrets his actions.
“He works with others in the group to verify the youths of right now do not make the identical errors he has.
“He beforehand performed semi-professional soccer however this got here to an finish because of a leg damage.
“He does voluntary work with an area radio station.”