Teenager given custodial sentence after admitting Class A drugs supply
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A teenager who tried to jump out of a window to escape police has been jailed for 12 months after admitting possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply.
On January 8, 2022, Northamptonshire Police officers attended an address in Spencer Parade, Northampton, following reports of suspected drug-related activity there.
Upon entry, Shakiel McIntosh was found trying to escape via a window. He was then searched under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, and around 60 wraps of crack cocaine were found in a glasses case in his pocket.
McIntosh was also found to be carrying two suspected ‘burner’ phones and was arrested. A search at his home address also uncovered £335 in cash.
He went on to be charged with one count of possession of crack cocaine, a controlled drug of class A, with intent to supply, and was also charged with one count of possession of criminal property in relation to the cash.
McIntosh, now aged 18, formerly of Valley Road, Northampton, appeared before Northampton Magistrates’ Court on April 27 where he pleaded guilty to both charges.
On September 15, he appeared before Northampton Crown Court where he was sentenced to serve 12 months in a young offenders’ institution.
Speaking afterwards, investigating officer DC Claudia Gouldie said: “When Shakiel McIntosh first came to police attention, due to his age we explored the possibility that he could be being exploited by others and made to sell drugs. He was given every opportunity to take the help being offered to him if this were the case, however he denied any exploitation.
“Evidenced gathered then proved that he was in fact running his own drug supply line and was involved heavily in crime. His activities were of great concern to the police and posed a big risk to the community.
“I hope that he takes the opportunities offered to him during his sentence and that at such a young age, this early intervention will help him find a life away from crime.”
Tackling drug harm is a matter of priority for Northamptonshire Police – read more here.