Drug dealer avoids jail term

Rossendale Free Press - - News - jon.macpher­son@men-news.co.uk @JonMacMEN JON MACPHER­SON

ACANNABIS dealer who sold ‘sub­stan­tial amounts’ of drugs has been told by a judge to ‘thank his lucky stars’ af­ter avoid­ing jail.

Cal­lum Lee El­cock, of Cooper Street, Bacup, was stopped by po­lice on New Line in the early hours of May 11, 2015, with a ruck­sack on his back af­ter of­fi­cers ‘thought it was a lit­tle sus­pi­cious’, a court heard.

The fa­ther-of-one ‘smelled of cannabis’ and when searched po­lice they found two bags of cannabis worth a to­tal of £300, weigh­ing scales, snap bags and a white­han­dled lock knife.

Stephen Parker, pros­e­cut­ing, told Burn­ley Crown Court that El­cock, 26, was then re­leased for an anal­y­sis of his mo­bile phone to be car­ried out by de­tec­tives. He said: “There were mes­sages on that phone from peo­ple ask­ing the de­fen­dant specif­i­cally for cannabis, to which he re­sponded, and also some mes­sages from peo­ple on two or three oc­ca­sions ask­ing him for ‘sniff’ which is a ref­er­ence to co­caine.”

One mes­sage said ‘Got any sniff in?’ to which El­cock replied ‘ Yes, how much are you af­ter?’, the court heard.

An­other per­son asked him ‘Any chance you can do me a gram of power and a gram of stan­dard?’.

El­cock pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing cannabis with in­tent to sup­ply, be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of co­caine and cannabis and pos­sess­ing a bladed ar­ti­cle.

He was given a twoyear jail sen­tence, sus- pended for two years.

Ger­ard Do­ran, de­fend­ing, said there were only ‘odd and ran­dom ref­er­ences to co­caine’ in the phone mes­sages and that the main drug deal­ing was cannabis.

He told the court: “Ef­fec­tively his case is that he was pre­dom­i­nantly in­volved in the use of cannabis and oc­ca­sion­ally used co­caine.

“There are only fleet­ing and rare ref­er­ences to any­thing to do with co­caine.

“There are three con­ver­sa­tions in Oc­to­ber 2014 that con­cern co­caine.” Mr Do­ran told the court that El­cock is in ‘good and firm em­ploy­ment’ and is ex­pect­ing a sec­ond child.

He said: “It’s not nec­es­sary for an im­me­di­ate cus­to­dial sen­tence to be im­posed and there are al­ter­na­tives to the court.”

The bar­ris­ter said that the court should con­sider El­cock’s ‘im­proved po­si­tion’, the three-year de­lay in the case com­ing to court, his fam­ily sit­u­a­tion and also that ‘he has been out of trou­ble for a con­sid­er­able pe­riod of time’.

●● Cal­lum Lee El­cock was stopped by po­lice with a ruck­sack on his back

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