Drug dealer avoids jail term
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