A teenage drug dealer from Brighton has been jailed for three years and three months.
Eglis Hoxha, 19, unemployed, of no fixed address, was caught with cocaine and cannabis in Steine Street, Brighton earlier this month.
At Hove Crown Court today (Tuesday 26 March) Judge Christine Henson jailed Hoxha for having cocaine with intent to supply.
He admitted the offence when he appeared before Brighton magistrates on Tuesday 5 March.
He had been arrested for trying to sell cocaine to a woman near the seafront in Brighton.
Hoxha had 29 grams of cocaine and 22 grams of cannabis on him when he was caught.
He will be deported to Albania when he has served his sentence.
A report published jointly by Public Health England and the Home Office yesterday said that cocaine use had “skyrocketed”.
The reasons include a surge in production making the class A drug more widely available and cheaper.
The report said that less stigma around drug use had made it more common among professionals, students and clubbers.
Dealers, it said, were marketing their drugs more aggressively, using mobile phones to send “special offer” text messages to scores of addicts at once.
And the report suggested that fewer police on the streets had made it easier for drug dealing to take place.