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Bumbling cannabis dealer caught out
12:00pm Thursday 28th February 2013 in News
A BUMBLING cannabis dealer was caught out after a trail of soil from the plants he had been growing led to the front door of his flat.
Nathan Davies, of Hale Street, was eventually arrested after 10 two or three foot cannabis plants were found dumped in gardens in the area.
Warrington Crown Court heard officers followed the trail to the 21-year-old’s home in an apartment block and found a small cannabis farm inside in May last year.
Peter Hussey, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was captured on August 11 last year after trying to make off.
“He had a dozen wraps of cannabis in his trouser pocket and a cash bundle of £1,010.
“His phone was seized and texts were found showing he had been dealing drugs on a street level.”
Davies pleaded guilty to production of cannabis, possession with intent to supply and had earlier accepted in Magistrates Court he had failed to surrender on October 23, 2012 while out on bail.
He had previous offences in youth court for failing to surrender and threatening behaviour.
Simon Berkson, defending, said: “He has a drug problem but the defendant is committed to becoming drug free.”
Judge Andrew Long said he wished Davies well after giving him a 12 month sentence suspended for 12 months and ordering him to complete a six month drug rehabilitation and 12 month supervision order.
He added: “I’m impressed by the fact you’re trying your best to rehabilitate yourself.
“These are serious offences but you have now served two months or so while awaiting this appearance and in these circumstances I will give you a chance.”