“Vulnerable drug user” given community order for allowing drug dealing in flat

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A Bedford man, described as “a vulnerable drug user” was given a 12-month community order at Luton Crown Court on Monday (16 August), for allowing his flat to be used for drug dealing.

Jason Chand, 54, was arrested when police raided Chandos Court on 30 July 2020. It followed concerns over drug supply and anti-social behaviour in the high-rise block.

Chand pleaded guilty to permitting his premises to be used for drug dealing between 13 June 2020 and 30 July 2020. He also pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis.

Mohammed Bashir, defending Chand, said his client had been a long-term user of Class A drugs and was, “taken advantage of by an unscrupulous group of people who used his home for 6 weeks.”

He said: “Drug dealers came to his flat. They stuck him in the bedroom and told him to wait there. They did not give him drugs or money. He was a vulnerable drug user.”

Bashir said Chand was currently homeless and “sofa surfing”. He said Chand’s
current methadone script, to help him come off drugs, was at its lowest level.

Judge Gary Lucie handed out a Community Order with conditions including 25 rehabilitation days and taking part in a 12-month drug rehabilitation requirement.

This means Chand will have to report to the court every four weeks.

Reporting by South Beds News Agency
Edited by Fay Barrett for the Bedford Independent