Teenager sold drugs near playground
A DISTINCTIVE smell of cannabis landed a teenager with 18 months' youth custody.
Police in plain clothes cycling in a St Paul's park got wind of the drug on Arafat Osman, Bristol Crown Court was told.
Officers then spotted him discarding a package, which they recovered from the branch of a tree.
It was found to contain 44 wraps of drugs heroin and cocaine.
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Osman, 18, of Taunton Walk, Horfield, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.
Judge Geoffrey Mercer QC told him: "These are serious offences. You pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and I give you full credit for that.
"Were you an adult, after trial, it would be three years' minimum. This was 44 wraps in a public place, near to a children's playground."
Christopher Jervis, prosecuting, said Osman had tried to scarper but was tackled to the ground.
Police found 14 wraps of heroin at 18 to 20 per cent pure and 30 wraps of cocaine at 19 to 20 per cent pure. They also found Osman with £224.08 cash, two Nokia mobile phones and a sim card.
Osman told police he had discarded "weed" and had no knowledge of the drugs found.
The judge ordered the cash to be forfeited under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Melissa Toney, defending, said her client had quite a bad habit relating to cannabis. She stressed that Osman pleaded guilty promptly, under the early guilty plea scheme, and a key factor in his offending was lack of maturity.
The court heard that the teenager had no similar previous convictions.