Leicester drug dealer rejected last chance to turn life around
A drug dealer who rejected a last chance to turn his life around has been jailed for over seven years.
A routine police patrol uncovered cocaine, ecstasy, cannabis and ketamine with a street value of nearly £78,000 in a property occupied by Christopher Wyley. Officers also found nearly £3,700 in cash, a weighing machine and drug dealing paraphernalia.
Wyley (26), of Noel Court, off Narborough Road, Leicester, was sentenced to seven years and nine months at Leicester Crown Court yesterday.
He had earlier pleaded guilty to possessing the drugs with intent to supply.
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He also admitted being in breach of a suspended prison sentence for possessing cocaine with intent to supply, imposed in June last year.
Ben Gow, prosecuting, said: "Police were on night patrol in Leicester on April 16 when they spotted a door of a property ajar.
"There had been a number of burglaries in the area and they went in and were hit by a strong smell of cannabis."
Police found Wyley in bed. A search revealed more than an ounce of high-purity cocaine, worth £5,800, about 1.4lb of ecstasy crystals, worth £26,160, nearly 11lb of cannabis, worth £41,040, and 6.5oz of the sedative ketamine, worth £4,650.
Sarah Cornish, mitigating, said Wyley had been threatened by drug dealers to whom he owed £5,000. She said he turned to selling drugs to pay them off.
She said: "He was a small cog in a larger organisation."
Dismissing her plea to keep her client's sentence to a minimum, Judge Michael Fowler told Wyley: "You were given a lenient sentence in June last year which no doubt followed a plea to allow you to turn your life around.
"But, shortly afterwards, you turned to dealing again."
He dismissed the argument that Wyley was forced to turn to dealing drugs to pay off a debt to drug dealers.
He said: "It is clear to me that from an early stage you decided to make your way in the world by drugs and not hard work."
He said Wyley had spurned the support of his supportive parents and friends and a good school.
He had also been thrown out of university.