19-year-old Nemiah Fletchman has been jailed for his part in supplying of Class A drugs. He and two other youths used a vulnerable man’s home in Carlisle to traffic drugs.
Fletchman who attended Manchester Metropolitan University was once ranked in the top 10 tennis players in his age group in the UK.
The 6ft 3in young man from of Albert Grove, Manchester had a promising tennis career with dreams of competing at Wimbledon but he was introduced into the drug scene by friends and acquaintances.
Police were alerted to suspicious activities at 61 year old Douglas Dallas Foster’s address. Fletchman and the other youths tried to escape when officers raided the property, but were caught.
Police found £9,000-worth of heroin and crack cocaine, along with weighing scales and packaging.
The teenagers admitted possession of crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply and were each sentenced to three years in a young offender institution.
Foster, the property owner, who admitted permitting premises to be used for supplying the illicit substances was jailed for 12 months.
Fletchman is believed to have been involved in a car accident about 18 months ago and did receive a head injury. This may had led to a ‘change in personality’, which meant he was more impulsive and prone to peer pressure.
He has thrown away a university course, a potential career in sports administration, his good name and the family’s good name.