Jail for dealer with addictive personality

Jamie Marchant

Jamie Marchant

First published in Local News

A DRUG dealer has been jailed after police found a stash of cocaine hidden in the footwell of a friend’s car.

Jamie Marchant, 26, of Eagle Way, Shoebury, admitted possessing 225 grams of cocaine with intent to supply when he appeared at Southend Crown Court on Thursday.

The class A drug was sent for testing and found to have a street value of £4,980.

The father-of-two claimed he was forced to sell the drugs to pay off a debt, and hadn’t collected cash from the drug users.

Simon Gladwell, prosecuting, said: “Due to his debt he agreed to take possession of the cocaine with a view to selling drugs, but not takemoney, as this was dealt with by another person.

“He said he had sold cocaine for this person before and completed ten deals in total.

“It’s effectively street dealing and was motivated by financial or other advantage.”

Marchant also admitted possessing 1.6grams of cannabis, worth £5, which he said was for personal use.

Police found the drugs after they pulled over a man speeding down Eagle Way, Shoebury, in his Mini Cooper.

Police followed him to Kingfisher Close, where Marchant got out of the passenger side and threw a plastic bag of drugs away.

Police searched the vehicle and found a safe full of cocaine.

Marchant had a previous conviction for possessing 24 ecstasy pills in 2005 and his last conviction was in 2008.

Matthew Bone, mitigating, said: “This is a man who has shown suitable and proper regret for his actions.

“He’s a man with a positive work ethic and is the sole provider for his partner and two children aged five and two.

“But he has an addictive quality to his personality and had problems with ecstasy, gambling and cocaine.”

Recorder Matthew Lowe sentenced Marchant to 32 months in prison with one month for possessing cannabis to run concurrently.

He said Marchant would serve half.

He said: “This offence is so serious a prison sentence must result.”

He was also ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

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2:39pm Mon 21 Jul 14

supermadmax says...

£5000 worth of class a drugs, previous convictions for selling class A drugs & that same old excuse that its doing the rounds "was forced to sell the drugs to pay off a debt".

He should serve longer that 16 months.
£5000 worth of class a drugs, previous convictions for selling class A drugs & that same old excuse that its doing the rounds "was forced to sell the drugs to pay off a debt". He should serve longer that 16 months. supermadmax
  • Score: 9

2:48pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Russ13 says...

supermadmax wrote:
£5000 worth of class a drugs, previous convictions for selling class A drugs & that same old excuse that its doing the rounds "was forced to sell the drugs to pay off a debt".

He should serve longer that 16 months.
I was thinking exactly the same myself!

Pevious convictions and he's still dealing? He shows no remorse or regret for his previous actions or he wouldn't be doing it again.

I can't help thinking his wife and kids would be safer having him tucked up at Her Majesty's pleasure than living under the same roof as a persistent drug dealer
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: £5000 worth of class a drugs, previous convictions for selling class A drugs & that same old excuse that its doing the rounds "was forced to sell the drugs to pay off a debt". He should serve longer that 16 months.[/p][/quote]I was thinking exactly the same myself! Pevious convictions and he's still dealing? He shows no remorse or regret for his previous actions or he wouldn't be doing it again. I can't help thinking his wife and kids would be safer having him tucked up at Her Majesty's pleasure than living under the same roof as a persistent drug dealer Russ13
  • Score: 8

3:41pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Gay Ray says...

“Due to his debt he agreed to take possession of the cocaine with a view to selling drugs, but not take money, as this was dealt with by another person."

Is this really meant to be some form of mitigation or just the defence showig that they have a sense of humour?
“Due to his debt he agreed to take possession of the cocaine with a view to selling drugs, but not take money, as this was dealt with by another person." Is this really meant to be some form of mitigation or just the defence showig that they have a sense of humour? Gay Ray
  • Score: 6

3:58pm Mon 21 Jul 14

danger2013 says...

Sounds like some sh*t coke if 225 grams is only worth £4980. People normally sell it for £100 a gram these days.
Sounds like some sh*t coke if 225 grams is only worth £4980. People normally sell it for £100 a gram these days. danger2013
  • Score: -9

4:16pm Mon 21 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

its all about supply and demand, selling a bit of gear is hardly a real crime, very harsh to be getting bird for that.....
its all about supply and demand, selling a bit of gear is hardly a real crime, very harsh to be getting bird for that..... pembury53
  • Score: -11

5:24pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Adriver1 says...

Positive work ethic???
Positive work ethic??? Adriver1
  • Score: 0

6:35pm Mon 21 Jul 14

alarminstaller says...

Please sell me the violin excuses.

He knew the risks and he expected to be dealt with properly.

This is a good result for him.
Please sell me the violin excuses. He knew the risks and he expected to be dealt with properly. This is a good result for him. alarminstaller
  • Score: 4

10:22am Tue 22 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

pembury53 wrote:
its all about supply and demand, selling a bit of gear is hardly a real crime, very harsh to be getting bird for that.....
....then it leads to more dangerous drugs, destroyed lives, death and destruction and also every pound spent on this stuff goes towards supporting that.

Yeah very harsh eh...
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: its all about supply and demand, selling a bit of gear is hardly a real crime, very harsh to be getting bird for that.....[/p][/quote]....then it leads to more dangerous drugs, destroyed lives, death and destruction and also every pound spent on this stuff goes towards supporting that. Yeah very harsh eh... Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

1:20pm Tue 22 Jul 14

teyeagle says...

Interesting comment "sole provider for his partner and two children" what about all their benefits we are all paying for? get a real job and start contributing to society!
Interesting comment "sole provider for his partner and two children" what about all their benefits we are all paying for? get a real job and start contributing to society! teyeagle
  • Score: 1

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