Drug dealer faces second deportation

PUBLISHED: 17:51 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

A CRACK cocaine dealer who was deported at the end of a 42 months prison sentence in January last year was arrested at Knebworth with 15 wraps of the drug in his mouth in May this year. Donovan James, who denied he intended to supply the drugs to anyone o

A CRACK cocaine dealer who was deported at the end of a 42 months prison sentence in January last year was arrested at Knebworth with 15 wraps of the drug in his mouth in May this year.

Donovan James, who denied he intended to supply the drugs to anyone other than his girlfriend in Stevenage, was jailed for three years today (Friday) and told he will be deported again.

James, 28, of no fixed address pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply.

Janet Lyon, prosecuting, said two plain clothed police officers approached him at Knebworth station on May 7.

"They showed him their warrant cards which caused him to run off and they saw him spit something out of his mouth," she said.

They retrieved 15 wraps of crack cocaine of high purity.

In interview he said he bought the drugs for £150 in Tottenham and was on his way to smoke it with his girlfriend in Stevenage. He said he kept it in his mouth for safety because he did not want to lose any.

Ms Lyon said he was convicted in April 2004 of supplying crack cocaine to undercover police officers in London and released in October 2006 and deported on January 24, 2007.

Judge Richard Foster told James; "You are, it seems, very deeply involved in the drugs culture, judging by your criminal history and the amount of drugs you had on you.

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