Drug dealer used Muhammad Ali quote to try and sell crack cocaine

Drug dealer used Muhammad Ali quote to try and sell crack cocaine

Andreas Mason/ Cocaine Andreas Mason was found with £9,000 worth of cocaine (Picture: Gloucestershire Constabulary/ Getty)
A drug dealer who used a Muhammad Ali quote to try and sell crack cocaine has been jailed.
Andreas Mason, 23, texted ‘float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, Creed is in town, three for 20’ to 66 phone numbers in April earlier this year, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
The flat where he was operating from was then raided and he was found to have £9,000 worth of crack cocaine hidden in the kitchen, as well as £512 in cash.
He was arrested and admitted being in possession of the drugs, but a trial was held to determine how involved he was in running the organised operation.
Charley Pattison, prosecuting, told the court that Mason ‘played a significant part’ in the Gloucester scheme.
However, she accepted that he did not play a ‘leading role’, instead describing him as ‘more of an errand boy’, who was only involved for three days before getting caught.
Mason told the court that he had previously lived at Clapham Junction and off Old Kent Road, where he created a debt of over £500 from his cannabis use. A drug dealer sent out a message inspired by boxing legend Muhammed Ali to offer cocaine at a discount price to users in Gloucestershire, a court heard. ???Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, Creed is in town, three for twenty,??? was the message Andreas Mason, 23, texted on his ???county lines??? phone, Gloucester crown court was told. Provider: Gloucestershire Constabulary He claimed to be paying off debts accrued from buying weed in London (Picture: Gloucestershire Constabulary)
STOCK IMAGE A drug dealer sent out a message inspired by boxing legend Muhammed Ali to offer cocaine at a discount price to users in Gloucestershire, a court heard. ???Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, Creed is in town, three for twenty,??? was the message Andreas Mason, 23, texted on his ???county lines??? phone, Gloucester crown court was told. Cocaine powder in plastic bag with a packages The prosecution described Mason as an ‘errands boy’ (Picture: Getty Images /iStockphoto)
He said: ‘I didn’t have an income since I lost my job. I couldn’t borrow it from a family member because they couldn’t afford it.
‘My supplier was getting anxious and was told in April that I had to go to Gloucester to sell drugs to pay off my debt.
‘He said things would get worse if I didn’t accept and he threatened to harm family members if I didn’t go to Gloucester. I sold 20 lots of drugs from the flat.
‘I was working my debt off at £100 a day. I didn’t know anything about the operation before I arrived.’
Mason told the court he was made to feel under pressure by a ‘big man’ at the flat in Gloucester, who gave him a burner phone and told him he was ‘the line’.
He continued: ‘I was told to send out the message, “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, Creed is in town – three for 20” which was sent to 66 phone numbers.’
Max Mills, defending Mason, said data from his personal mobile placed him in Gloucester for the first time in April 25.COPYRIGHT
https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/07/drug-dealer-used-muhammad-ali-quote-try-sell-crack-cocaine-10532326/
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