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Farus Butt of Harebreaks, Watford, guilty of possessing Class A drugs in Cassiobury Park
A Watford teenager has been sent to a detention centre after he was found in Cassiobury Park with £600 worth of heroin.
Farus Butt was in the park with two others on the evening of June 6 last year when he came to the notice of a plain clothed policeman, who thought he was acting suspiciously.
As a result, the officer arrested Butt and took him to Watford Police Station, where he was searched and it was there that the wraps of heroin were discovered, hidden about his clothing.
At St Albans Crown Court today Butt, 18, of Harebreaks, Watford, pleaded guilty to possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.
The court heard that there were 30 wraps found on Butt and each had a street deal value of £20.
Minka Braun, defending, said her client had been 17 when he committed the offence, which she said was completely out of character.
She said he had worked hard at school and came from a respectable family.
"He asks me to impress upon you his sincere remorse for this offence."
She said that Butt was "terrified" of being sent into custody, but Recorder Cuthbert sentenced him to 16 months in a young offenders' institute.
He told the teenager that Class A drugs were a "terrible burden on society" and he said his sentence had to deter others from getting involved in such activity.