Dealer hid drugs in his pants

Omari Watson

Omari Watson

First published in News thisisoxfordshire: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter. Call me on (01865) 425373

A TEENAGER who was about to start a BBC training course has been jailed after Class A drugs were found hidden between his buttocks.

Omari Watson, of Blenheim Gardens, Wembley, was arrested at an address in Westholm Court, Bicester, on February 3 last year.

The 19-year-old admitted one count of possession with intent to supply heroin and another count of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine.

Tetteh Turkson, prosecuting at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday, said when officers called at the Bicester property Watson volunteered the information that he had 20 wraps of each drug in his underpants.

He added that the teenager also has a conviction for an attempted burglary, but said during his police interview it became clear he “didn’t know great deal about drugs and the drug trade”.

Avirup Chaudhuri, defending, said that Watson had been due to start the Stephen Lawrence BBC Training programme for people of black and minority ethnic backgrounds the day after his sentencing.

He told Judge Gordon Risius that the defendant had fallen into debt and had turned to working as a runner for drug dealers rather than asking his parents for help.

Mr Chaudhuri said: “The tragedy is that he comes from a good, hard-working family.

“If he had only taken the trouble to speak to either of his parents these matters could have been dealt with in a way that would not have involved him breaking the law.”

Judge Risius sentenced Watson to two years in prison and said he would have to pay a £100 victims’ surcharge.

He told the teenager: “Serve your sentence and then put this unhappy period behind you, get your life back on track and make something of your future.”

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