Portsmouth Drug Addict is Given a Chance
Christopher Butler was caught after police saw him acting suspiciously in Fratton Road, Fratton. When the officers searched him they found 10 wraps of crack cocaine and three grams of cannabis in his pockets.
Butler, who has worked as a roofer in the past, was given a two-year community order with two years of supervision from the probation service, at Portsmouth Crown Court. He will have at least six months of drug rehabilitation treatment.
Judge Peter Henry said: 'People who supply Class A drugs can expect sentences of four to five years. Even drug addicts who are feeding their habits can expect sentences of two to two-and-a-half years so you have got to understand that I am giving you a real chance here.
'It is only so that you can avoid your addiction to cocaine that I am going to give you this chance because I think it is the best way of keeping you off drugs and off dealing. If you fail you will be brought back and face prison.'
Butler, 22, of Omega Street, Somers Town, admitted possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and possession of a Class B drug.