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Man brought crack and heroin to Devon for London gangsters

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: August 29, 2014


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A removals man was bullied into bringing heroin and crack cocaine to Devon after running up debts to London gangsters.

Casius Simpson agreed to take a consignment of drugs to Teignmouth in exchange for having a £400 debt written off but was caught within minutes of arriving in the resort.

Police raided the house where he was operating from and found him with £1,600 worth of drugs hidden in his body.

They were already divided in 130 separate wraps so they could be sold on the street straight away, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Simpson, aged 23, of Cottage Grove, Clapham, admitted two offences of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and was jailed for 18 months, suspended for two years and ordered to go on a thinking skills course.

He was brought to Exeter in custody after failing to turn up for his sentence on Wednesday but received no extra penalty after the judge was told he had handed himself in as soon as he learnt a warrant had been issued.

Judge Graham Cottle told him: "You are a young man with a very unfortunate history, having been abandoned by your family when you were eight and brought up in care and in foster homes.

“You have reached the age of 23 without entering the criminal justice system, which is unusual under such circumstances and you got yourself involved in something foolish because you were in debt over drugs.

“I am going to give you a chance to turn your back on that. You have a stable home and a pregnant partner and are looking for work.”

Mr Brian Fitzherbert, prosecuting, said Simpson was arrested when police raided the home of Joanna Garside in Courtenay House, Teignmouth in January.

They found Simpson there with the drugs inside his body and also recovered £250 from Garside which she said was for her own use.

The drugs recovered from Simpson were 100 wraps of heroin, each worth £10 on the streets and 30 of crack cocaine, each worth £20.

Mr Ben Darby, defending, said Simpson was coerced into making the drugs run because he had been using illegal substances and run up debts of £400 which he was ordered to pay off by acting as a courier.

He said Simpson had done very well to stay out of trouble until the age of 23 and has been working as a furniture removal man.

Garside, aged 44, of Courtenay House, French Street, Teignmouth, admitted possession of 5.79 grams of cocaine and was fined £200 with £15 costs by the same judge earlier this week.

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