Drugs wraps found stuffed down man's shorts
A MAN who is registered blind has been jailed after he was caught dealing class A drugs.
Father-of-two Daniel Smith from Hartcliffe was arrested following a report of domestic violence, Bristol Crown Court was told.
When he was taken to Broadbury Road police station a metal detector buzzed and he was found to have wraps of drugs stuffed down his boxer shorts.
Smith, 24, of Broadstone Walk, Bristol, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply.
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Jailing him for 18 months, Recorder Mr Allen told him: "I'm prepared to give you the benefit of the doubt, in that you were required to sell the drugs and you were performing a limited function under direction and you may have been the subject of exploitation and pressure."
Mr Allen ordered the confiscation of £360 said to be the proceeds of crime, and ordered that all drugs and drugs paraphernalia recovered be destroyed.
Julian Howells, prosecuting, said Smith had nine wraps of heroin and one wrap of cocaine in his underwear. His home was searched and police found 26 more wraps of heroin and 29 more wraps of cocaine as well as rolls of cellophane, the court heard.
Police also found a mobile phone which showed a record of messages relating to drug dealing.
Mr Howells said initially Smith said he had been asked to store drugs, but later admitted he had been dealing drugs directly to users.
The prosecution case was that £360 in cash found at Smith's home represented either a drug dealer's float or drug sales proceeds.
His total benefit from crime was agreed to be £685.
Catherine Spedding, defending, told the court: "He was using cannabis and he agreed to take on Class A drugs in order to deal them.
"He has no relevant previous convictions and he is a family man."
Miss Spedding said her client had a three-year-old child with an ex-partner and a baby born last March with a new partner.
"He has had some difficulties," she said. " He has deteriorating eyesight and he's registered blind.
"He will be completely blind in a relatively short period of time."
Miss Spedding said that Williams had owed a debt to his cannabis dealer and he did an element of street dealing under a "feeling of pressure".