A NOODLE shop worker who claimed he became involved in the drug trade to repay gambling debts was yesterday jailed for eight years. Yip Pak-hung, 24, had admitted before a magistrate two counts of trafficking in a total of 226 grams of heroin, and was committed to the High Court for sentencing. Mr Justice Leong fixed 12 years' jail as a starting point and reduced it by four years for the guilty plea, which allowed the case to be dealt with in a few months. Prosecutor Joseph Wong told the court that acting on information, police waited in an area near Reclamation and Pitt streets, Mongkok, on April 17, and intercepted Yip at about 9.20 pm. They found 35 grams of heroin on him, then a further 191 grams of a similar drug after searching his flat in Yau Ma Tei. Under caution, he admitted he was to be paid $5,000 to prepare the drugs for packing. He claimed he had lost a lot of money gambling. His counsel, Luke McGuinniety, submitted in mitigation that Yip was arrested before he actually derived any benefit from the offence and asked the court to take into account Yip's young age and his guilty plea.