A Hull father claims he turned to the crack cocaine trade after his leave of absence.
Keilan Macleod, 24, committed three cases of cracked cocaine and two cases of possession with the intent to supply cracked cocaine and heroin.
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Macleod sold several packs of crack cocaine to an undercover police officer last November, District Attorney Dale Brook told the court.
On May 4th of that year, Macleod was arrested at his home on Belmont Street. He claimed his criminal activities were necessary to pay child support.
Mr Brook said when officers got to his house they found a shoebox containing 39 packs of crack cocaine, 50 packs of heroin, drug supplies, phones, SIM cars, a scale, £ 190 worth of cash and receipts for luxury items .
Macleod had a criminal record in 2015 for drug possession and in 2016 for robbery, the court said.
To mitigate this, defense attorney Rachel Scott said Macleod understood his mistakes and wanted to be a good father to his seven-year-old son.
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She said: “His son was very upset and told his father that he had left him, which upset the defendant very much. He now realizes what a prison sentence can do to children.
“He was on leave during the Covid-19 pandemic and had to wait three months for a grant to pay his maintenance.
In response, Judge David Tremberg said: “There are many people in this country and around the world who have gotten into financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is not an excuse for them and it is not an excuse for you to turn into the drug trade.”
He also asked Macleod to reflect on the impression he would like to make on his son: “I invite you to ponder your future behind bars. And wonder how your son is supposed to see you.
“As an absent drug dealing father or someone to look up to.”
Judge Tremberg sentenced Macleod to four years in prison, half of which he will serve behind bars and the other half on probation.
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