Plymouth drug dealer Luke Bridgeman jailed for two years
A 24-YEAR-OLD drug dealer has been jailed for two years after being caught with cocaine and cannabis.
Luke Bridgeman, of Morley Court, appeared before Plymouth Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to possessing both Class A and Class B drugs with the intent to supply.
The court heard how Bridgeman was stopped by police on June 21 last year in the Millbay area when he was a passenger in a car officers believed was being used to supply drugs.
Upon being stopped Bridgeman took a sip from a purple Fruit Shoot bottle, which police later found had 0.78g of cocaine in.
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Officers also seized £150 in cash, which was hidden behind the sun visor in the car, and a Blackberry mobile phone which was pin-locked.
The court heard how Bridgeman attempted to run away from the police but was caught and taken to Charles Cross Police Station where he stated he had consumed five 0.5 wraps of heroin, and was subsequently taken to Derriford Hospital for treatment.
Officers later found 40.13g of cocaine, 23g of cannabis, scales and zip-lock plastic bags in a shoebox in Bridgeman's bedroom, the court heard.
Ali Rafati, defending Bridgeman, said: "He is a 24-year-old man with difficulties including anxiety and personality disorders.
"He had the good sense to plead guilty. After his arrest he has been man-enough to walk away from his £90-a-day drug addiction and no longer takes drugs.
"He's on medication and now in a much, much better place than he was in June last year. He did no more than to fund his own drug addiction."
Bridgeman was supported in court by a number of friends and family members.
Judge Erik Salomonsen, sentencing Bridgeman, said: "It's quite clear you were dealing in drugs. In your 24 years you have committed a number of offences.
"There is no doubt that those who deal in Class A drugs have to receive a custodial sentence. Drug dealing on one's own behalf is simply not acceptable in Plymouth."
Bridgeman was sentenced to two years imprisonment for dealing Class A drugs and four months imprisonment for dealing Class B drugs.