Three years' jail for Leicester drug-dealer caught twice in 10 days
A street dealer caught twice in 10 days carrying heroin and other drugs has been jailed for three years.
Kane Zachariah (21) was first arrested at 3.30pm on July 12 last year, after officers saw him carrying out a drugs deal in Smedmore Road, off Hastings Road, Leicester.
Alan Murphy, prosecuting at Leicester Crown Court, said: "They approached the defendant, who was holding a £10 note. He was searched at the scene and, inside the waistband of his trousers, he had a bag containing 22 anabolic steroid tablets and cash."
A further search at the police station produced 10 individual deals of heroin, totalling 3.12 grams, worth about £140.
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In interview, Zachariah said he thought the heroin was amphetamine and that he had found it in a park.
Zachariah, of the YMCA hostel, in East Street, in the city centre, was granted bail.
"Ten days later, at 5.45pm on July 22, the police saw him in Hastings Road," said Mr Murphy.
"He appeared to pick up speed when he saw the same officer who arrested him earlier and nipped down an alleyway."
Zachariah was detained after the officer and a colleague gave chase.
He was found to have 10 more wraps of heroin, totalling 3.41 grams, four deals of crack cocaine totalling 0.91 grams and 0.38 grams of cannabis.
They were collectively valued at £210.
His mobile phone also contained incriminating text messages relating to drug-dealing, Mr Murphy told the hearing.
Zachariah pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing heroin with intent to supply, possessing crack cocaine and anabolic steroids with intent to supply and simple possession of cannabis.
His mobile phone, worth £50, was confiscated, along with £220 cash seized from both arrests.
Julie Warburton, mitigating, said: "He accepts culpability for these matters, committed within a very short period during very specific circumstances."
She said the deteriorating mental health of Zachariah's mother last spring had resulted in the loss of the family home.
"He was homeless for two months, during which time the offences were committed," said Ms Warburton.
"Despite having no home or employment, he wanted to provide the best of everything he could for his partner and their new baby.
"There's no evidence of a 'bling' lifestyle. His life had just imploded and he was involved in a very small scale operation.
"He made a very poor decision and he's expressed remorse."
Friends and relatives of Zachariah, including his grandmother, were in the public gallery to support him.
Judge Simon Hammond said: "My understanding is that this defendant is not an addict.
"While on bail he did the same thing again, 10 days apart, which is a serious aggravating factor. He didn't learn his lesson."