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Drug-dealer student is facing jail.

Byline: By Garry Willey

Man's cocaine trade sideline

A talented student is facing years behind bars after police smashed his cocaine supply racket.

Alexander Bowen was a respected scholar taking a degree in food marketing at Newcastle University.

But the 22-year-old had a secret sideline.

And after he was targeted in an undercover police operation, his trade in cocaine was finally exposed.

Bowen made five deals of the class-A drug between December and February, thinking the officers were genuine customers.

He struck some of the deals at his home in Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

And when police ended the operation in a raid on February 5, they found almost 30 grams of cocaine in a cash box in Bowen's bedroom and a bag on a coffee table.

The search team also seized a bag of cannabis, the court heard.

"He was dealing cocaine from his premises and also cannabis," said Julian Smith, prosecuting.

Bowen, who has no previous convictions, admitted supplying cocaine and possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply.

He denied a further charge of possessing a larger pounds 8,000 cocaine haul found in a garden 19 days after his arrest and remand into custody.

Mr Smith said the prosecution was not proceeding in relation to that seizure.

Mr Smith said Bowen was "a man of good character".

Judge Tony Lancaster adjourned sentence until July 30 and further remanded Bowen in custody.

Katherine Dunn, defending, said: "There are a number of character witnesses who will be called. Mr Bowen is in custody and clearly there is no application for bail."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 6, 2004
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