Troubled teenage drug dealer gets suspended sentence after making “positive” life changes

Luton Crown Court. Image: Thomas Nugent/Geograph
Luton Crown Court. Image: Thomas Nugent/Geograph

A teenage drug dealer from Bedford, who has started a new life away from the town, was given a suspended sentence yesterday (Wednesday).

Bradley Turner was 17 when he was arrested in Harrowden Road in April 2022.

Prosecutor Michael Harrison told Luton Crown Court that Turner’s father had called the police, saying he had been assaulted.

When Turner was searched a small amount of cannabis was found in his jeans, but in his tracksuit bottoms were £400 of cocaine and £200 of heroin.

In the custody suite at the police station, officers also found that he had a crossbow bolt on him.

Mr Harrison said Turner’s phone was examined and drug dealing messages were found.

Turner was out on bail in September last year when the police stopped him in London Road, Bedford in the early morning hours. They found a block pot, a cannabis grinder and cannabis.

When he was strip searched at the police station a golf ball containing wraps of heroin and crack was found.

Turner, now aged 19, and living in Norwood Gardens, Southall appeared for sentence, having pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and crack with intent to supply on two occasions.

He also admitted two charges of possessing cannabis and possessing a blade.

Defending, Nathan Palmer said Turner had done the right thing by pleading guilty. He said he had not had an easy upbringing and left school without qualifications.

Turner, who has been diagnosed with ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, was now living in a stable environment in a hostel, having previously been sofa surfing.

“He is now living away from his peers and has been making positive progress,” said Mr Palmer.

He has already spent 121 days on an electronically monitored curfew.

Judge Allison Hunter KC sentenced him to two years in custody suspended for two years.

Reporting by South Beds News Agency
Edited by Paul Hutchinson for the Bedford Independent