LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- A drug dealer, James Beaumont, has been arrested and charged after he called the Police to report his drugs had been stolen during a break in.
38-year-old Beaumont, reportedly placed a call to Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire, U.K, to report that someone had gotten into his house and stolen the drugs.
When officers arrived at his home, he provided them with a list of drugs that had been stolen, including cocaine, MDMA, ketamine and 87g of crystal meth.
Appearing before Oxford Crown Court on 4 September, Beaumont pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply.
According to Police reports, class A drugs including cocaine, MDMA, methylamphetamine and LSD were found at his home, along with class B drugs cannabis and ketamine, and class C drug Etizolam.
Prosecutor Nigel Ogborne alleged that Beaumont had others helping him supply other drugs, including ecstasy, ketamine and crystal meth.
Defense counsel, James Reilly, said Beaumont did not accept that he had got others involved in selling his drugs for him.
Reilly alleged his client had been suffering badly with poor mental health at the time, and had complained of there being “men hiding in the bushes”.
“All sorts of things can be said by the defendant. Whether any of those things did happen is an entirely different kettle of fish.
“If the Crown were saying he was some high-level drug dealer involving other people, arming them, there isn’t any reality in that,” the defense counsel added.
Asking for a pre-sentence report to be compiled by the probation service, Mr Reilly said Beaumont had no previous convictions and was currently working with addiction service Turning Point to address his past drug misuse.
Judge Pringle granted the defendant bail on the basis that he had no previous convictions.
“You’ve got no previous convictions, you’re 38 nearly 39 and your counsel has persuaded me I should grant you bail.’
As conditions of his bail, the defendant must live and sleep at his home in North Hinksey and must sign on at St Aldates Police station every Tuesday and Thursday.