A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been told he is lucky to have avoided jail after crack cocaine and heroin were discovered at his home.
The class A drugs were found to belong to Rory Hall following two raids on his house in Derby Street, Burton, in which cannabis and M-Cat were also discovered.
Burton Magistrates’ Court heard how 10 wraps of heroin and three wraps of crack cocaine, worth around £130, were found in the kitchen where Hall lived with his parents during the height of Staffordshire Police’s Operation Nemesis raids in the town in January.
A second raid six months later yielded further finds of the class B drugs cannabis and M-Cat while Hall was on bail.
Sukhi Ark, mitigating, told the court that the drugs were for Hall’s own use and that at no point had he tried to sell them on.
He added Hall had made steps to turn his life around following a previous spell behind bars.
He said: “He did develop a habit and it is a habit he is trying to overcome. His drug intake has been going down and he hopes he can rid himself of this addiction.
“His mother told him because of the offences to leave the premises. He is now starting his own business and is taking responsibility.
“He has the promise of a future - something that has not been there before.”
Despite the nature of the offences and a previous drugs conviction, Hall escaped prison, instead being handed a 12-month community order.
But Hall, who had pleaded guilty to charges of possessing heroin, cocaine, cannabis and M-Cat at a previous hearing, was told in no uncertain terms by district judge David Taylor that any further offences would lead to a spell behind bars.
He said: “You are a regular and persistent law breaker and this is your last opportunity to sort things out or you will go back to jail, and I hope you don’t want that.
“If I see you again I promise you one thing - the only place you are going to is jail.”
Under the terms of his community order Hall will have to adhere to a supervision and drugs rehabilitation programmes.