Plymouth teenage dad-to-be dealt drugs to support baby
A TEENAGE father-to-be dealt drugs because he had no money to support the baby, a court heard.
Student Marcus Hart panicked when his girlfriend fell pregnant and started selling cannabis to his friends, Plymouth magistrates were told.
But the 19-year-old was caught red-handed by police with drugs worth £1,205.
Hart, from Mount Gould, admitted possession of 120 grams of Class B drug cannabis with intent to supply on July 7.
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He also admitted possession of 0.02 grams of the Class A drug DMT on the same date.
Angela Furniss, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police spotted Hart and two other men acting suspiciously in Anstis Street, Stonehouse.
She said he ran away when officers said they would search him.
Mrs Furniss added Hart, of Mount Gould Road, was caught nearby and the cannabis was found in his rucksack.
The court heard that police also found messages about drug-dealing on his mobile phone and a set of scales at his home.
Mrs Furniss said he was in breach of a conditional discharge for a common assault in September 2011.
Graham Kinchin, for Hart, said: "He has been taking drugs for some time. His girlfriend fell pregnant, he began to panic about things and he had the incredibly foolish idea to sell drugs to his friends.
"Now the baby is due in four weeks, the money he has been saving has been seized and he faces the prospect of a prison sentence."
He added that Hart had been studying at City College Plymouth and that the previous assault was on his brother.
Magistrates ordered a probation officer to prepare a full report on the teenager's background.
He was released on unconditional bail to return for sentence on January 25.