A DRUG dealer has been jailed after he was found in possession of heroin, crack cocaine and a stun gun during a police raid.

Norman Penson, from Cinnamon Brow, was handed 40 months behind bars at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, December 7, having been caught red-handed dealing drugs when officers executed a search warrant at a house in Fearnhead.

The court heard that Cheshire Police raided two properties on Valiant close at around 11.30am on Thursday, November 8.

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Penson, of Blackledge Close, was inside the living room of one of the two homes having been dealing drugs from the property.

He 'immediately' admitted that he had a taser – which was charged and working – in his bag, with officers also finding 123 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin worth an estimated £1,230.

The 21-year-old, who appeared in court via video link to HMP Altcourse and was described as a 'retailer of controlled drugs', was also in possession of £163.

Prosecuting barrister Ian Criddle told the court: "The purpose of the weapon was to protect the defendant and his stash of drugs from other people."

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Penson’s actions also put him in breach of a conditional discharge, handed down in November 2017 for theft after he stole a crate of lager from a shop.

He admitted possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply, possession of a stun gun, possession of criminal property and breaching a conditional discharge during an earlier hearing at Warrington Magistrates Court last month.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Penson, who has six previous convictions for 13 offences including handling stolen goods and battery, was made to sell drugs in order to pay off his own drug debts and is ‘extremely remorseful’.

In addition to the 40-month imprisonment, judge Thomas Teague also ordered forfeiture of the cash and destruction of the drugs and stun gun.

Sentencing, judge Teague said: "There really can be only one form of sentence given the gravity of this case.

"You have a record of offending which is pretty poor for a 21-year-old, but doesn’t involve drugs or weapons.

"I’m sure that the purpose of the stun gun was in connection with the drug trade, for use to protect your business within it.

"I accept that you are remorseful for what you did, but the combination of drugs and weapons is a toxic one and one that is all too common."