A teenager who was stopped in the street because he smelled of cannabis was found to have Class A drugs in his bag.
Because an officer could smell cannabis from one of them, Shoaib Hamid, it was decided to search him. The other two with him ran off at that time.
Hamid gave the officer a different name during the search and nothing was found on him but when told his bag was going to be searched he admitted his driving licence was inside which would show his true name.
Inside the bag the officer found 31 wraps of crack cocaine worth around £460 and four of heroin worth £40.
Stephen Wood, representing Hamid, said he was only 17 at the time of the offences and lacked maturity. He had struggled to find a direction in his life “and he chose the wrong direction.”
He said the offences lacked any sophistication, adding: “Idiotically he too ran from the police but handed himself in and did not put police to the trouble of looking for him.
“He understands street dealers go to custody and has prepared himself for that. There is still some hope for him, he is fortunate enough to be supported by his family who are standing by him.”
Hamid, now 18 of Deveron Grove, Edgerton, admitted possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply and was sent to a young offender institution for 18 months.
Recorder Simon Jackson QC said he had taken account of his youth and the fact “these offences are not of the greatest sophistication.”