Luxury Watches – Teenage drug dealer on Universal Credit treated himself to expensive cap and Rolex watch
A teenage drug dealer arrested on his bike in Newton Abbot spent his profits on expensive clothes and a Rolex watch worth almost £5,000.
Michael De Escofet was just 18 when police found Louis Vuitton items, a £600 coat and a £125 cap at his home. They also discovered evidence of a shopping trip to Amsterdam, a large amount of cannabis and almost £4,000 in cash.
The defendant, of Bradley Lane, appeared at Exeter Crown Court and admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possession of criminal property.
Prosecutor Joss Ticehurst said police spotted De Escofet cycling around Newton Abbot town centre on March 26 last year.
He appeared to be heading to an area popular with drugs users and it was clear he was trying to avoid attention.
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When officers stopped him they found him in possession of a small amount of cannabis and two mobile phones.
When they got back to his address they discovered a hoard of recently purchased clothing, the Rolex, a much larger amount of cannabis and £3,756 in cash.
“The watch had only been bought a week earlier for £4,800,” said Mr Ticehurst. “There were also receipts for other items, including a coat purchased in cash in January for over £600, a cap for £125 and an item from Louis Vuitton for £390.” There was also evidence of a trip to Amsterdam.
Police concluded there was no way De Escofet could legally have afforded the items as he did not work and claimed housing benefit and Universal Credit.
De Escofet told police the cannabis, which totalled 264g, was for his own use and the clothes had been given to him as Christmas presents. Many of the items of clothing were still in their bags with receipts, said the prosecutor.
Judge Timothy Rose said it was unlikely anyone giving him presents would have chosen not to wrap them and leave the receipts.
The defendant has no previous convictions but does have cautions as a youth for battery and possession of cannabis.
Mr Barry White, defending, said De Escofet had endured a difficult upbringing in care. He had started as a user of cannabis and graduated to dealing. He has promised not to deal in drugs in future and wants to rehabilitate.
Judge Rose imposed a 15-month prison sentence but it was suspended for two years.
He said: “I’m told you have realised the error of your ways and you have realised you have to turn your back on this and find another way forward that is completely lawful and doesn’t involve committing crime for money.”
He said De Escofet had been making money from drugs for at least a year but it could have been much longer. He said adding up the amount of drugs, the clothing, the cost of the watch and the trip abroad it was clear he had made at least £10,000 profit and maybe three times that amount.
“This wasn’t standing around street corners getting £50 or £20 here and there, this was you making large amounts of money and lavishing all those things on yourself. You also had the front to go and apply for state benefits. It wasn’t enough to make the money you were making you wanted some public money as well.
“Having said that, there is obviously some good in you and you’ve obviously had a difficult start to life.”
The judge imposed an evening curfew order on the defendant which will last four months.
Luxury Watches - Teenage drug dealer on Universal Credit treated himself to expensive cap and Rolex watch
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