A man seen offering a drug delivery service in Bedminster has been spared immediate custody.
Undercover police in an unmarked van observed people waiting for somebody in Spring Street, Bristol Crown Court heard.
They then saw Laurence Maddox arrive in his mum’s VW Polo and appear to carry out a transaction.
When police tracked him down to an address in Bedminster, they found an array of drugs including cocaine and LSD valued at some £6,000 – along with designer gear and expensive watches.
Maddox, 19 at the time but now 20, of Redcliff Street in Bristol, pleaded guilty to five charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply.
He also admitted two charges of possessing a Class C drug.
Having deferred sentence for six months, Judge Michael Longman handed him a 12-month community order with 150 hours’ unpaid work and rehabilitation.
He told Maddox: “I take the view that, exceptionally, you are somebody who could be dealt with without the imposition of immediate custody.”
Richard Posner, prosecuting, said suspicious police traced Maddox and searched an address he was living at at the time.
During the visit, Maddox handed them a 19g bag of cannabis and told police other drugs were there, the court heard.
Police found sets of scales and sealable bags and Maddox also handed them £550 and five bags of 70 per cent pure cocaine valued at £780.
Police also recovered 41 paper tabs of LSD valued at £410, a 48g stash of cocaine valued at £4,000 and 17g of ketamine valued at £360.
The search also netted mobile phones and 19g of MDMA valued at £760, another £60 cash and tablets of Class C drug methandieone and oxymetholone.
Police noted the presence of designer clothes and two expensive watches.
The raid took place the day after Maddox turned 19 and he said he was recovering from a party, the court heard.
Robyn Rowland, defending, said Maddox was selling drugs to users, many of whom he knew.
Mr Rowland said his client had suffered trauma in his life and had anxiety issues which he was ready to address.
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