‘Frosty’ the Brighton drug dealer got a chilly reception from police when they caught him in a city hotel with wraps of Class A drugs and cash.
Cocaine and heroin supplier Courtney Miller-Cross was sent to Sussex on a county lines operation after already been caught once in Somerset.
The 21-year-old man – currently serving 35 months in a young offenders’ institution – appeared at Lewes Crown Court today for sentencing after admitting two charges of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
He was caught after undercover officers tracked him down and conducted several ‘test purchases’ for heroin and crack cocaine.
Miller-Cross was arrested in a hotel room at Hudsons in Brighton in February 2018, the court heard.
Prosecutor Giles Morrison said: “The defendant Mr Miller-Cross was known by the undercover officers by the name of ‘Frosty’.
“In November 2017 an undercover officer was deployed in Brighton and she met with individual drug users [asking for] Frosty, this defendant.”
The undercover operative arranged a number of test purchases for drugs from Frosty and was able to procure quantities of heroin and crack cocaine.
On February 22 last year police were called to Hudsons in Brighton for an unrelated incident and found Frosty in a hotel room together with another man, drugs and cash.
His defence barrister Andrew Cohen told the court that Miller-Cross was ‘very much the victim’ of the system, as he should have been sentenced for these offences at the same time as others in 2018.
He argued that this would have meant a shorter overall sentence.
Mr Cohen continued: “He is very sorry for having become involved in this.
“Like many young people he was put under a degree of compulsion from which it was very hard to find his way out of.”
Judge Janet Waddicor accepted the defence argument that had Miller-Cross been sentenced for all offences at once he would have received a shorter overall sentence than he would face if she followed her sentencing guidelines today.
Miller-Cross was instead handed a 12-month prison sentence.