He walked free from court but returned to his old habits almost instantly

A drug dealer who was given a second chance by the court is back behind bars after returning to a life of crime.

Joshua Hamilton, of Calder Road, Everton, was given a 22 month suspended prison sentence in September 18 after being convicted of possession with intent to supply heroin After walking free, the 23-year-old returned to his old ways just six months later, when he was caught with 350 wraps of class A drugs.

He appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today, May 30, where he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. Appearing via a video link from HMP Liverpool, he also admitted breaching the suspended sentence handed down in 2023.

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The court heard that, on March 7 2024, Hamilton was caught in the passenger seat of a taxi with 180 wraps of crack cocaine and 170 wraps of heroin.

Some £195 in cash was also found scattered in the back of the taxi, however, Hamilton said: "The money in the back of the taxi weren't mine. I already put my guilty plea in. But the money weren't mine."

A second man, Ricky Price, of Westmorland Drive, Vauxhall, was found in the back passenger seat. He pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

A trial for Price, 25, was arranged for the week beginning October 28 2024, with Hamilton's sentence being adjourned pending its outcome.

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