Cyclist found to be drug supplier

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

AFTER being spotted by police riding his cycle the wrong way along a one way street in Scarborough a man was found to be in possession of drugs.

Steven Lyndale Reeder, 47, of Esplanade Gardens, appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing on previously admitted charges of possession of amphetamine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis a “Class “C” drug.

Richard Gent, prosecuting, told how after being stopped riding his cycle in the town on June 19, last year, Reeder agreed to be searched and the police officer found 18.3gms of amphetamine, worth £180, on him.

A later search of his home led to the recovery of further drugs with a street value of £80 and admissions from Reeder that he would supply friends, who were known users, when they were short of drugs.

Andrew Semple, mitigating, said that his client was not a commercial supplier only helping out friends because, in his own words: “the supply of amphetamine in Scarborough is not reliable”.

Adding that the offences had been a “shot across the bow” for his client, Mr Semple conceded that Reeder did have a previous conviction for possession of amphetamines with intent to supply.

He added that Reeder was now receiving help in beating his own, long-standing habit.

Passing sentence, The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, told Reeder that he must understand now that the police in Scarborough would be keeping a very close eye on him.

Reeder was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years, placed under 12 months supervision and ordered to attend a Thinking Skills Programme.