A TEENAGER who offered to supply cocaine to an undercover police officer in Brighouse has had a nine-month custodial sentence suspended for a year.
Daniel Pounder, of Sycamore Drive, Lightcliffe, offered to supply the Class A drug last October, but he ended up giving the test purchase officer his £80 back because of a problem with the drug delivery.
The following month, however, the 19-year-old, who had no previous convictions for drugs offences, did supply the Class B drug amphetamine to undercover officers on two occasions.
Pounder was arrested in connection with the offences in January and fully admitted his involvement.
Judge Alistair McCallum was told that Pounder, who has now got himself off drugs, was more of an intermediary and facilitator rather than a drug dealer in the common meaning of the words.
The judge warned Pounder that if he did get involved in the supply of Class A drugs he could end up getting jail terms of three, four or five years.
But after hearing about the teenager’s efforts to get off drugs he said he was prepared to take a chance with him.
Pounder, who admitted offences of offering to supply cocaine and supplying amphetamine, was sentenced to nine months in custody suspended for a year.
He will also be supervised by the probation service for 12 months and must do 150 hours unpaid work for the community.