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Hoyes was first arrested in Watford town centre. A


FOOTBALLER TURNED TO DRUG DEALING ‘FOR SOMETHING TO DO’ gifted footballer was branded a “patsy” by a


crown court judge recently for acting as a


fall guy for drug dealers. Leon Hoyes, 18, was sentenced to two years by


Judge John Plumstead after he was caught dealing heroin and crack in Aldershot after being bailed by the police for the same offence in Watford. Hoyes was first arrested in Watford town


centre after police received information about drug dealing, St Albans Crown Court was told He was found to have three wraps of cocaine,


weighing 787mg and two of heroin on him, weighing 792mg. When questioned he told officers: “Dealing is


an easy way of making money. I am very good at what I do.” Prosecutor Jan Hayne said after he was bailed


on 17 August he was seen in Aldershot in the company of a known drug user. Hoyes managed to dump his drugs in a park before officers arrested him. He said: “You caught me selling heroin and


crack. I just showed up for something to do. It was something to do before I get sent down.” £465 cash was found on him. In a police interview Hoyes claimed he had


been making £700 a day and spent the money on McDonalds, trainers and track suits. He would not give the police any information about the involvement of others. Hoyes, of Long Elms, Abbots Langley,


appeared for sentencing after admitting possessing two charges of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply and for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. Judge John Plumstead said: “Despite all his


front I think this is a sad little man who I think is carrying the can for others.” He read out an extract from a reference from Hoyes' football coach, Ian Butterworth, in which he said he had been “caught up in a tangled web of pressure.” The Judge told him: “I am perfectly sure you


have acted as a patsy and a fool for other people. You have been used.” Dominic Benthall, defending, said: “Hoyes is a


talented footballer. “If he had concentrated on that things could


have been different.” He said Hoyes intended to complete a course in


plastering and will take up training opportunities while in custody.


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