Teenage Drug Dealer Sentenced
18 October 2018, 13:06 | Updated: 18 October 2018, 13:10
Alex Lightley admitted to supplying class A and B drugs
A Kendal teenager has been jailed for illegally supplying drugs to children - three of whom fell ill and were taken to hospital.
Alex Lightley was said to have been 17 when he committed a raft of substance supply crimes involving under-18s late last year.
Lightley peddled the class C drug alprazolam to three teenage "boys" who were later taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary - one by ambulance. One was discovered collapsed in a street, and another found in a "semi-conscious state" in a bedroom.
Prosecutor Joshua Bowker told Carlisle Crown Court: "While in hospital, one of the boys named Mr Lightley as the supplier."
In addition Lightley, now aged 18, offered to supply alprazolam - known under its brand name of Xanax - to a 14-year-old girl. The court heard she was found last Friday night, "soaking wet and drowsy", in a garden having taken the drug.
Lightley, whose address was given as c/o Castle Drive in Kendal, admitted almost a dozen drugs offences. These included supplying of alprazolam to the three boys who became poorly; offering to supply it to the young girl; and supplying class A ecstasy to a 15-year-old boy arrested after he and Lightley were stopped by police in a Kendal park.
Lightley was punished today (THURS) by Judge James Adkin, who sentenced him to two years in a young offenders' institution. Judge Adkin told Lightley: "These offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified."