A father-of-two has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after police uncovered his drug dealing operation.
Brian Waugh, aged 24, of Staveley Street, Edlington, was snared by officers who stopped him in the street and discovered he had 18 bags of cocaine.
David Wain, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court Waugh had initially claimed he had found the drugs while ‘out night-fishing’.
But he later admitted the drugs were his after police examinations of his mobile phone revealed he was ‘chasing payment’ by text message from a number of drug users.
Mr Wain said the 14.9 grammes of cocaine found on Waugh on July 27 had a street value of about £720.
Paul O’Shea, defending, said his client’s dealing was ‘very, very low level’ and was making only enough money to support his own drug habit.
He added Waugh was ‘battling his own demons at the time’ after his life went into a ‘downward spiral’ following the death of his father in 2008.
Mr O’Shea told the court Waugh had sought treatment and counselling for his drug problems and was a devoted father to two young children.
Waugh pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply. The court heard he was already serving a community order after admitting possession of cocaine, cannabis and mephedrone at a previous hearing.
Judge Paul Camp gave Waugh credit for pleading guilty and jailed him for two years and six months.
He will serve half that time before being eligible for release on licence.
n Official Government statistics reveal nearly 10 per cent of adults have taken illegal drugs in England and Wales, with a higher number among younger groups.
According to the 2013 to 2014 Crime Survey for England and Wales, around one in 11 adults aged 16 to 59 had taken an illicit drug in the last year.
That proportion more than doubled when looking at 16 to 24-year-olds, among whom the figure was 18.9 per cent.
Levels drug use in 2013/14 were higher than in 2012 to 2013.
In 2012 to 2013, some 8.1 per cent of 16 to 59-year-olds, and 16.2 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds, had taken an illicit drug in the last year.
The survey also found cocaine, ecstasy, LSD and ketamine use increased between 2012 to 2013 and 2013 to 2014.
It also found around a third of adults had taken drugs at some point during their lifetime.
Of 16 to 59-year-olds, 35.6 per cent reported ever using drugs, according to the survey.