Honiton teenager caught dealing Class A drugs by undercover cop was ‘bottom of the food chain’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:23 23 January 2018

The youth was given a nine-month referall order when she appeared at Exeter Magistrates' Court (pictured). Inset photo: Thinkstock

The youth was given a nine-month referall order when she appeared at Exeter Magistrates' Court (pictured). Inset photo: Thinkstock


Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard the youth was ‘criminally exploited’.

A teenage girl from Honiton who supplied Class A drugs to an undercover police officer was at the bottom of the food chain, a court heard.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced at Exeter Magistrates’ Court last Thursday (January 18) having previously pleaded guilty to supplying 0.19 grams of heroin and 0.12 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover cop.

Shaun Tipton, prosecuting, said an undercover police officer initially made contact with the youth on July 24 last year through another dealer.

The court heard a meeting point in Heavitree Road in Exeter was established before a police officer was sent a new phone number and spoke to a female.

The officer was then instructed to meet her at a nearby alleyway.

After waiting for a short time, the youth appeared wearing no shoes and handed over wraps in exchange for £20.

Mr Tipton said the defendant identified herself to the police officer in a later call.

The court heard the police officer arranged another pick-up on July 25 after the dealer sent him a text message advertising new stock.

Mr Tipton said the officer made his way to Heavitree Park in Exeter where he met the youth with another female and received two wraps in exchange for £20.

The court heard that the youth gave a ‘no comment’ police interview.

Caroline Salvatore, mitigating, told the bench that the teenager was ‘krill in this particular food chain’.

Ms Salvatore said the youth was 13 when first introduced to drugs and had since been seeing a psychologist to ‘overcome her demons’.

The court heard the youth was ‘exploited criminally’ and had ‘seen and experienced things no child should ever have been a part of’.

An officer from the court’s youth offending team told the bench the defendant had been exploited on ‘multiple levels’ since she was a young teenager.

The chairing magistrate told the defendant: “These were very serious offences.

“You are a lucky lady that you are not going to prison.”

The youth was given a nine-month referral order and told to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

Magistrates also made a forfeiture and destruction order on the drugs.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

7 minutes ago

A collision between two vehicles has caused the A35 Axminster to be closed in both directions.

Read more

Housebuilders donate a further £3,800 to the League of Friends

Read more

A committee meeting to determine how Honiton will continue to evolve in the future is being held for the first time this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Almost 100 bikes roared up to Cranberry Farm as part of a show put on by Cranbrook Motorcycle Riders.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:01

Villagers turn out in force to support their traditional community event

Read more
Yesterday, 14:03

The A30 is closed both ways this afternoon (Sunday) due to a road traffic collision between Honiton and Monkton.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

Annual agriculture spectacular will offer a great day out for all the family at West Bay Show grounds, Bridport.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:01

Plenty of entries despite the difficult growing season

Read more
Saturday, August 18, 2018

A pair of star cyclists will compete in the Tour of Britain in just two weeks time.

Read more
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Seaton officers to concentrate on combatting anti social behaviour

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 22°C

min temp: 16°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Midweek Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications