A MAN has been jailed for intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine in Winchester.

Faruk Omar, 19, was caught by police with hundreds of pounds' worth of drugs after being chased by officers through the street.

Omar, of Cricklewood Broadway, London, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.

He also pleaded guilty to assault with intent to resist arrest.

Winchester Crown Court heard on November 16 last year, Omar was seen by officers near Tower Street at around 11am with a group of drug users.

He ran away from officers and attempted to dispose of the drugs by throwing the package over a wall into a residential property.

Police found drugs worth £820 on him, as well as £1,014.13 in cash.

Prosecutor Tom Wright told the court Omar been displaying "all the hallmarks of looking for a drug deal" on the day of the incident and he also had previous convictions including theft and weapons offences.

Barry McElduff, mitigating, said Omar had feared violence against him and his family by others if he did not comply.

"He was sent to this area under duress to do the bidding of others," he said.

He added that although Omar had previously been taking cocaine and heroine on a daily basis, he had said he, "feels bad" and would be "100 percent staying off drugs in future."

"He has recognised that there are some underlying mental health issues that he has been using drugs in the past to medicate,"said Mr McElduff.

Judge Susan Evans QC said: " It is plain you were motivated by reward but you were also acting on the direction of others.

"I give you full credit for the guilty pleas you have entered. To your credit you have not been doing drugs since your remandment."

Omar was sentenced to 32 months in a young offenders institute, with two month concurrent for count three.

He will serve half his sentence in custody before being released on licence.