Man caught dealing crack cocaine near Anglia Square

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

A 'vulnerable' man, who was spotted dealing crack cocaine to a man, near Anglia Square, in Norwich, has been given a two year suspended sentence after a court heard he had been put under pressure to deal drugs.

A 'vulnerable' man was observed by police officers handing over a wrap of crack cocaine to man, near Anglia Square , in Norwich, a court heard.

Police arrested Michael Barnes, 19, and found he had 34 wraps of crack cocaine on him with a street value of around £340.

Andrew Oliver, prosecuting at Norwich Crown Court, said Barnes also had about £30 in cash and two mobile phones.

Barnes, of Wherry Road, Norwich, admitted possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply and asked for two other matters to be taken into account.


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Michael Clare, for Barnes, said that he was vulnerable person and had been put under pressure to act as a street dealer for the drugs.

He said that Barnes was only 19 and had a difficult background.

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'He is extremely vulnerable and has been used.'

He said he had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

Recorder Maureen Baker imposed a two year custodial sentence suspended for two years.

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