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Jamie Mason from Rickmansworth given suspended sentence for selling Class A drugs
A man who began dealing small amounts of drugs to his friends, found business expanding as friends of friends began asking him for drugs.
It then led to Jamie Mason's Rickmansworth home being searched, where cocaine and ecstasy were discovered in his bedroom and £730 in cash.
At St Albans Crown Court Mason, 23, of Edinburgh Avenue, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a small amount of cocaine and ecstasy with intent to supply.
Passing sentence on Mason yesterday (March 13), Judge Steven Gullick told him that supplying friends with drugs was often referred to as "social supply".
But he said: "It's actually pedalling misery and you know it."
The court heard Mason had begun supplying drugs to his friends but, as more and more people began asking him for drugs it "spiralled" out of control.
Judge Gullick told Mason: "If you decide to go into business selling Class A drugs, you are going to get yourself locked up. Don't do it, you are perfectly capable of earning an honest living."
The judge sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment but suspended it for two years and placed him on supervision for the same period.
He was also made the subject of a Drug Rehabilitation Order and ordered to pay £325 costs.