Dealer who hid drug cash in his sofa is jailed
A DRUG dealer caught with more than £1,000 worth of cannabis has been jailed – 18 months after being spared prison for a similar offence.
Andrew Gibson was told he had been 'completely undeterred' by a nine-month suspended sentence, having been found with a 'significant stock' of the Class B drug.
The 43-year-old, who is the sole carer for his 11-year-old son, was caught when police searched his home on February 7 this year.
Prosecutor Pat Sullivan yesterday told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court Gibson was present at the address in Brownley Road, Smallthorne, at 7.15pm.
He said: "They searched the house and car and found 313 grams of cannabis or cannabis resin together with £825 cash."
The drugs had a street value of £1,345, added Mr Sullivan.
Gibson told police the cannabis was for his own use and the cash was from his car business.
The court heard Gibson committed the offence while serving a nine-month suspended prison sentence for a similar matter.
Gibson, of Brownley Road, Smallthorne, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply. The plea was entered on the basis he was a heavy user of cannabis and he sold some to his friends.
Peter McCartney, mitigating, said this offence was committed two months before the expiry of the suspended sentence order.
"I concede he offended in the same way," said Mr McCartney.
"The order has now expired. He has completed the supervision element of it."
He said Gibson was a 'low-level retailer' who supplied friends to cover his own costs.
He said Gibson had used cannabis for almost 30 years.
But said he has not taken the drug since June.
Mr McCartney said Gibson would benefit from more assistance from probation.
He added: "His commitment to change needs to be tested in the longer term."
But Judge Paul jailed Gibson for 16 months and added four months for breaching the suspended sentence. He told the defendant: "You are 43 and you have a record of offending going back more than 30 years. The court gave you a chance in April 2011.
"When the police raided your house they found a significant amount of cannabis, 70 grams in the kitchen, in three separate bags, together with roughly an ounce in the living room and eight bags containing 217 grams in your vehicle.
"There was a significant amount of money stuffed down the side of your settee.
"I sentence you on the basis you were a dealer and you had significant stock. You were completely undeterred by the suspended sentence."
Judge Glenn said he felt sorry for Gibson's son and added: "You should have thought of his welfare."
He added: "Motivated by financial advantage your role was significant."
Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Judge Glenn certified Gibson benefited from his crime by £1,245. He ruled the available amount was £825 and made a confiscation order in that sum.
Gibson will serve up to half the sentence with the rest on licence.