Drug-dealer caught with a stun gun

Derby Telegraph - - NEWS - By MARTIN NAY­LOR martin.nay­[email protected]­plc.com

PO­LICE found a stun gun at the Derby home of a drug dealer when they searched it after ar­rest­ing him.

The weapon, which had “ul­tra-high volt­age” on it, was dis­cov­ered when of­fi­cers went to an Al­vas­ton ad­dress where Ajai Lawrence was liv­ing. Derby Crown Court heard £2,000 in cash and amounts of cannabis were also found at the Boul­ton Lane prop­erty.

Now the 23-year-old has been handed a 20-month jail term, sus­pended for two years, hav­ing ad­mit­ted a string of of­fences.

Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “You were quite a trusted per­son in this [drugs] op­er­a­tion where no doubt there were peo­ple above you. You are only 23 and I don’t think for one minute you set this up on your own. How­ever, you were found with two mo­bile phones, on one of which were eight cus­tomers and seven on the other.

“I have heard how the past five weeks you have now spent in cus­tody has been a bad ex­pe­ri­ence for you. Twenty months is go­ing to be even worse if you re­of­fend again in the next two years.

“I am pre­pared to let you back into the com­mu­nity to see if you can be­have your­self. For the next two years you are go­ing to have that 20-month threat of im­pris­on­ment hang­ing over you.”

Joey Kwong, prose­cut­ing, said po­lice ar­rested Lawrence over an un­re­lated in­ci­dent in Bax­ter Square, Sunny Hill, on Novem­ber 13. He said two mo­bile phones were seized from him. Mes­sages on them and fur­ther Face­book mes­sages that were viewed showed he was of­fer­ing to sell cannabis to 15 dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

Mr Kwong said: “Mes­sages also re­fer to him buy­ing cannabis on credit and make it clear that he is act­ing as a dealer. Of­fi­cers then went to an ad­dress in Boul­ton Lane on which the de­fen­dant’s name was on the ten­ancy doc­u­ment. A search re­vealed a stor­age cup­board on top of a door frame in which ex­actly £2,000 in cash was found.

“There were also deals of cannabis in the liv­ing room and a stun gun which had a flat bat­tery. On that stun gun were the words ‘ul­tra-high volt­age’ show­ing it was ca­pa­ble of dis­charg­ing 8,000 volts.”

Lawrence, now of Bem­bridge Drive, Al­vas­ton, ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing the stun gun, of­fer­ing to sup­ply a class B drug and pos­sess­ing crim­i­nal prop­erty (the £2,000 in cash). As well as the sus­pended jail term, Judge Smith told him to do out 300 hours un­paid work.

Dan Church, mit­i­gat­ing, said his client had been smok­ing cannabis since the age of 13. He said: “He has been in cus­tody for the past five weeks and it is not an ex­pe­ri­ence he has en­joyed.”

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