A TEENAGER found sleeeping at a house in Bury St Edmunds with a bag of heroin in his hand has been sent to a Young Offenders’ Institution for 15 months.
Ayden Devine, 19, had initially denied ownership of the drugs but police found his fingerprints on wrapping inside the bag, a court was told.
On Monday, Devine, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to possession of heroin with intent to supply and a second offence of possession of heroin on April 20 last year.
Prosecutor Patricia Doggett said the bag that Devine was holding contained 24 wraps of heroin worth up to £480 if sold individually.
When officers examined Devine’s mobile phone they discovered text messages which were consistent with drug supply and use, said Miss Doggett.
In mitigation, Lindsay Cox said that Devine was ‘utterly determined’ to stay away from his former associates and change his life. While in prison on remand Devine had been able to reduce his use of the heroin substitute methadone by two thirds.
Sentencing him, Judge Peter Thompson said he accepted that Devine wanted to end his drug use and said he could access help within the prison system.
Judge Thompson said Devine’s sentence would be reduced by the 68 days he had already spent in custody on remand.