A teenager who claimed he was forced to sell drugs in Bury St Edmunds has been sent to a young offenders institution.
Jordan Kokoua, 19, was arrested in March last year after police found he was in possession of 223 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin.
Ipswich Crown Court heard on Thursday, March 23 that the drugs had an estimated street value of around £2,200. Kokoua, of Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to two offences of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
Prosecuting, Michael Crimp said Kokoua claimed following his arrest that he had been kidnapped after getting into a car in Brixton and was then driven to Bury St Edmunds where he was ordered to sell the drugs.
Appearing for Kokoua, Stephen Dyble said his client had been taken advantage of by others who were more criminally aware.
Kokoua was a promising footballer who had been attending a football academy, said Mr Dyble. He said Kokoua regretted becoming involved with drugs.
Judge Martyn Levett sentenced Kokoua to 30 months custody in a Young Offenders Institution.