£100 payment to move £22K of heroin leads to 3½ years in jail

A man with a poor criminal record was jailed for 3½ years after Customs officers caught him moving more than £22,000-worth of heroin.

Aaron Young. pic: States police
Aaron Young. pic: States police

Aaron Andrew Young had been in the passenger seat of his friend’s car before getting out near South Hill Gym in October last year, the Royal Court heard.

Police and Customs officers spotted Young walking towards a wooded area behind the gym and saw him return a short time later – they noted that he appeared to put something in his pocket as he walked back to the car.

When approached by officers, Young immediately admitted to having a small bag of heroin in his pocket. When taken back to the police station and told he would be searched, the 27-year-old said, ‘in that case you may as well have the jackpot’, pointing to a pocket on the thigh of his cargo trousers.

Officers pulled out a Tupperware-style tub containing further packets of heroin.

Young told officers that he had struggled to find work and had agreed to move the package in return for £100.

Crown Advocate Conrad Yates, prosecuting, told the Royal Court that Young had a poor criminal record, although this was his first drug-related offence.

Requesting a 3½ year sentence, Crown Advocate Yates added: ‘He succumbed to the temptation of £100 offered to him to move the stash of heroin. At some stage, he knew it would have made its way to Jersey’s streets.’

Advocate Julian Gollop, defending, told the court that while he broadly agreed with the prosecution’s conclusions, there was scope for the Superior Number to reduce the sentence slightly.

He pointed to Young’s early guilty pleas and co-operation during the investigation. He added that Young admitted he had a problem with alcohol and that there were two sides to him.

Referring to a probation report, Advocate Gollop said: ‘I note the author refers to Mr Young, when he is not on substances, as very polite and co-operative. My experience of dealing with him reflects that.

‘One looks at his record and you think this is going to be a belligerent, difficult young man with an attitude problem. That is far from the truth.’

He added that there was renewed optimism that after difficult teenage years, Young had now reconnected with his extended family in Scotland.

Delivering the court’s sentence, Deputy Bailiff Tim Le Cocq, presiding, said that Young had been trusted with a large quantity of the drug which ‘would have ended up in the Jersey supply’. He added that notwithstanding the good references Young had received, the Crown was right to suggest a 3½-year sentence.

Mr Le Cocq said: ‘We hope that on your release you will ask for the help you need, whether that is here or in Scotland.’

Jurats Jerry Ramsden, Rozanne Thomas, Jane Ronge, Robert Christensen and Elizabeth Dulake were sitting.

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