A drug-dealing Shropshire student has been jailed for almost three years.
Teenager Hosal Guyett, of Gobowen, near Oswestry, sold cocaine to people in pubs across north Shropshire over a six month period to fund a £10,000 drug debt, Shrewsbury Crown Court was told yesterday.
Police found £7,850 in cash, mobile phones, and a large bag of off-white powder which the prosecution suggested could have been used as a cutting agent, at the defendant’s home.
Guyett, a student at Wrexham’s Yale College, then made “full and frank” admissions during a police interview in June.
His parents, sitting at the back of court, wept as their son was jailed for two years and nine months in a young offenders institution after admitting supplying a Class A drug and possession of criminal property.
The crown said he would “sell to anyone” and also destroyed mobile phone sim cards every four weeks to try and hide the evidence.
The court also heard that Guyett had breached a suspended jail sentence handed to him in March, after inflicting grievous bodily harm on another man.
Kevin Jones, prosecuting, said: “He was interviewed about the assertions made by his father and the defendant made some very full and frank admissions – he said he had got into trouble with others and had a £10,000 drug debt.
“There was clearly a level of instruction but there also remained an element of free enterprise into who he was selling to.”
Lee Masters, defending, said: “He comes from a very decent family and it is refreshing that this young man accepts what his family did and he is actually thankful to them.
“His family have noticed the deep shame he feels for his actions.”
But Judge Peter Barrie called Guyett a “prolific” dealer. He said: “It was systematic commercial dealing to a wide range of people and I recognise what a difficult decision it must have been for your father to highlight your wrongdoing.”
He also ordered the destruction of the drugs and for the recovered money to be given to West Mercia Police for their “on-going fight against drugs”.