Ad­dict jailed for sell­ing cannabis

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A DRUG ad­dict caught sup­ply­ing cannabis he claimed he used for a med­i­cal con­di­tion will spend Christ­mas in jail af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to eight months.

Po­lice raided Ver­non Black­wood’s home in Whit­field Road, Ash­ford, on De­cem­ber 22 last year and found him and an­other man sit­ting at a ta­ble with a bag of the drug.

Jonathan In­gram, pros­e­cut­ing, said pack­ets of cannabis with a to­tal weight of 700 grammes and worth about £3,000 were seized from var­i­ous ar­eas, in­clud­ing a bread bin, along with £465.

While po­lice of­fi­cers were there, two peo­ple came to the door, claim­ing they were vis­it­ing a friend.

Bulk

Black­wood said he used the drug for health rea­sons to ease leg pain. He added he bought in bulk.

Do­minic Web­ber, de­fend­ing at Maid­stone Crown Court, said the 48-year-old re­tired tai­lor sold some of the cannabis to friends at a small profit.

Judge An­drew Pa­tience QC told Black­wood, who ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing drugs with in­tent to sup­ply, it was al­ways re­gret­table when peo­ple had health prob­lems.

But he added: “Even low level deal­ing cannabis has this po­ten­tial. It en­cour­ages those who are reg­u­lar users to ac­quire an ad­dic­tion which is so of­ten th­ese days a gate­way to more se­ri­ous drug ad­dic­tion.

“Thus, the sup­ply of cannabis is some­thing the courts en­deav­our to dis­cour­age. I can­not take any other course than im­me­di­ate cus­tody.”

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