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Teenager caught dealing Class A drugs in St Leonards-on-Sea is jailed

A London drug dealer who had established himself in the home of a vulnerable person in St Leonards-on-Sea – a practice known as ‘cuckooing’ – is now in prison.

At Lewes Crown Court Tendai Davis Smith, 19, of Goldney Road, Westminster, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and one of possessing criminal property, namely £600 cash.

He was sentenced to three years for each drugs offence and six months for the criminal proceeds offence, all to run concurrently.

And after admitting similar offences in the Metropolitan Police area Smith was further jailed for an extra 2.5 years to run consecutively, meaning a total term of 5.5 years’ imprisonment. Sentencing for all matters took place at Oxford Crown Court on 6 July.

When arrested at an address in Silchester Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, on 5 January this year, Smith was found to be in possession of 28 individual wraps of heroin, 57 wraps of crack cocaine and a 3.24 gramme package of crack cocaine – all Class A illegal drugs.