A DEALER from Doncaster who peddled deadly class A drugs while looking after young children has had his jail term cut by top judges on appeal.
Jordan Hamilton, aged 21, brought the youngsters with him in his car and carried out a heroin deal in front of them in August last year.
He and fellow dealer, Jamie Adam Frost, aged 32, did not realise that the buyers were undercover cops.
The pair were arrested, and Hamilton, of Ellerker Avenue, Hexthorpe, was detained for five years after pleading guilty to three counts of supplying heroin at Doncaster Crown Court on March 28.
Frost, of Gattison Lane, Rossington, was jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to two counts of supplying heroin.
Now Lord Justice Richards, Mr Justice Keith and Mr Justice Nicol, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, have cut Hamilton’s sentence to four years and Frost’s to five years.
The court heard Frost had a bigger role in the drug dealing and boasted he could get wholesale quantities, but both men took part in the supply of narcotics to undercover officers.
“It is obvious they were involved in a smooth-running criminal operation for the supply of class A drugs,” Lord Justice Richards said.
“Hamilton’s role was lesser than that of Frost and he was substantially younger.
“Even if there was no deliberate intention to use the children to conceal what was going on, Hamilton had engaged in dealing class A drugs in their presence,.
“The judge was entitled to take that into account,” he added.
He said the Crown Court judge had taken too high a starting point before making a discount for pleading guilty in each case.