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

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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.

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