Islington teen jailed for drug offences
Officers found more than four kilos of cannabis resin when they raided
Islington teen’s room.
Eliot Inskip of Harberton Road, Islington was yesterday (Monday 9 January)
jailed for a total of six months. The 18 year-old appeared at the Old
Bailey for sentencing after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.
He was handed six months imprisonment for possession with intent to supply
a class B drug (cannabis resin) and two months respectively for two counts
of possession of class A drugs (cocaine and MDMA), as well as possessing
criminal property. The terms will run concurrently.
Phone records revealed how Inskip kept his drug-dealing secret from his
family who believed he was “broke” despite him having £5000 stashed away in
a wooden safe in his bedroom. He also told a friend of his plans to invest
in real estate with the proceeds of his illegal trade. In one text, he
wrote, “ill miss out on at least a grand and I’m trying to save for a yard
atm” (sic). When questioned by the same friend he bragged he “easily
[makes] 100-200 a day” but admitted “every week is different”.
Text messages also show that Inskip had thought about how he would tell his
parents he had bought a house after leading them to believe he had no
money. “Oh I know someone who has a business and they’re gonna say I work
for them so my moneys gonna be legal” (sic).
Inskip was detained by City of London Police detectives shortly after
picking up two packages, containing a dark green mushroom-like substance,
from a City collection facility. Initially, he attempted to give a false
name to the officers before admitting his true identity.
Detectives from the City of London Police searched Inskip’s address and
found evidence of large scale drug dealing. Along with the cannabis resin
and smaller amounts of cocaine and MDMA, officers also seized various items
of drug paraphernalia including scales, snap bags and vacuum sealing
machines. The majority of items officers found in a locked wooden safe in
his bedroom. Officers also found £5000 cash separated out into £100
Later analysis revealed that the parcels Inskip collected were found not to
contain any illegal substance.
Detective Constable Tom Hayball, of the City of London Police said:
“Although it transpired that packages the Inskip collected were not an
illegal substance, this alerted us to his activity. Inskip’s phone provided
valuable evidence detailing the supply of drugs, how organised the supply
chain was and how he is supplying to those who would then sell his drugs.
Inskip was one step up from a street dealer.
“Today’s sentence highlights how seriously drug offences are taken. Drugs
ruin lives and the City of London Police will do all we can to bring those
involved in the drug trade before the courts.”