A TEENAGER who was caught openly selling mcat to people in Leeds city centre has been spared an immediate jailed sentence.
Michael Humphrey, 19, was arrested after people alerted police officers on patrol in the Call Lane area about his behaviour.
The officers went into Hirst’s Yard and saw Humphrey surrounded by a group of people. The teenager ran off but was caught a short distance away.
He was searched and found in possession of £546 of class B drugs, which were contained in 42 separate bags.
Humphrey, of Lawrence Gardens, Oakwood, Leeds, pleaded guilty to possession of mephedrone and possession of methylone with intent to supply.
When interviewed about the offences Humphrey said he had agreed to sell them on behalf of people higher up the drug supply chain as he had a £1,000 gambling debt.
The court he has one previous conviction for possession of cannabis.
Kenton Sergeant said Humphrey had a good academic record and was now hoping to lead a law-abiding life with the support of his family.
Recorder Peter Pimm sentenced Humphrey to eight months in a young offenders institution, suspended for 12 months.
He was also ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.
He said: “You were dealing drugs in Leeds city centre and you were doing it quite overtly.
“You had a large supply in your possession.”