Dealer caught just months after serving sentence
A STREET dealer who was jailed for selling cocaine when he was just 18 started supplying drugs again only months after serving a three-year sentence.
Josh O’Gorman was sent to a young offender institution for selling the Class A drug as a teenager and was caught dealing Valium six months after his licence period expired.
David Pinnell, defending, said his client was “self-medicating”.
The court heard police searched his home in Pencoed at 7.15am on October 6 last year.
Heath Edwards, prosecuting, said officers found 1.4g of cocaine at 14% purity divided between two grip-seal bags, worth £40 each.
They recovered 43 Class C diazepam, or Valium, tablets worth £1 each. Police also seized £2,670 in cash, found in a freezer bag and a white envelope, along with a dealer’s list.
O’Gorman was arrested and stated the cocaine was for personal use, while the Valium tablets were to help him sleep.
Questioned about the tick list, he accepted it was for supplying Valium, but refused to give details.
The defendant told officers the money came from cash-in-hand work, including gardening and labouring.
Prosecutors did not ask for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The court heard O’Gorman was sentenced in April 2013 to three years in a young offender institution for supplying cocaine when he was 18.
He committed the new offences shortly after his licence period expired.
The 23-year-old from Cae Talcen in Pencoed admitted possessing cocaine, money laundering and possessing Valium with intent to supply.
Mr Pinnell, mitigating, asked for credit for his client’s guilty pleas.
He said: “The defendant was at a particular low point in his life.”
The defence barrister said his client had mental health problems and tried “self-medicat- ing” with diazepam.
He explained the defendant became involved with drug supply to fund his own drug use.
Mr Pinnell said he now runs his own business and wants to live a law-abiding, family lifestyle.
Judge Thomas Hughes QC noted the new offences were committed just six months after the defendant’s previous licence period expired.
O’Gorman was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.
He was ordered to carry out 20 days of a rehabilitation activity, plus 240 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay a £140 victim surcharge and £750 in costs.
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