A teenager who supplied undercover officers with heroin or crack cocaine on four occasions has been sent to a young offender institution for two years.
Leeds Crown Court heard Bilal Qayum was arrested following Operation Overwood which targeted drug dealers in the Kirklees area.
John Bull prosecuting said between October 23 and November 18 last year the undercover officers were directed to the Parade, Manor Way, Batley where on four occasions they were supplied with Class A drugs from different vehicles.
On two of the occasions Qayum was with his brother, on the next two he was with different men.
The court was told Qayum had told a probation officer he had come under pressure to pay drug debts for his brother who was now serving a jail sentence.
He said he was assaulted and his family was threatened but having paid off some of the debt he had then decided not to be involved any further which was why there were no other charges.
He now had a job full-time as a taxi phone line operator and helped look after both his mother and sister and his partner was now pregnant.
Helen Chapman representing him said it was notable he was always with someone older when he arrived in a car to supply the officers which indicated his limited role.
Qayum, 19 of Pickles Street, Batley Carr, admitted four charges of supplying drugs.
Sentencing him Judge Tom Bayliss QC said he accepted he had come under some pressure but had sold crack cocaine on three occasions and heroin on one to undercover officers. “Those are drugs which cause misery to those addicted to them.”
He said it was an aggravating feature that at the time he was subject to a youth rehabilitation order for robbery and there had to be an immediate sentence.