Cannabis user admits selling drug to friends
CANNABIS dealer David Pugh has been spared an immediate jail sentence.
The 28-year-old was found in possession of 43.21 grams of cannabis vegetation and admitted he would have supplied some to friends.
Prosecutor Fiona Cortese yesterday told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, Pugh bought a Vauxhall van for £550 on January 17.
Police approached the van in Orme Road, Newcastle, at 5.10pm the next day and found six bags containing 13 grams with a street value of £90. Officers also recovered £190 cash in Pugh's pocket.
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Scales in the glove compartment contained traces of cannabis and a further 14 sealed bags containing 25.9 grams were found behind the driver's seat. They had a street value of £140.
Pugh's home in Hassam Parade, Wolstanton, was also searched and found to contain 4.31 grams of cannabis vegetation worth £25.
Pugh pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply on the basis he would have supplied some to friends and associates and some would have been for his own use.
Stuart Muldoon, mitigating, said Pugh was a long-standing cannabis user since he was aged 14.
Judge David Fletcher sentenced Pugh to 16 months in prison, suspended for 24 months, with 12 months' supervision and a six month medium intensive drug rehabilitation requirement.
Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Judge Fletcher certified Pugh benefited from his offending by £995 and ordered the confiscation of the available amount of £740. It must be paid in six months or Pugh will serve 28 days in prison.