No jail for man who offered drugs to Pc
A SMALL-TIME drug dealer who tried to sell cannabis to a plainclothed policeman outside a block of flats has avoided being jailed.
Ronhan McErlean, 31, of Vincent Street, Spon End, Coventry, had pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply it.
But at the crown court in Leamington he was sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.
Prosecutor Blondelle Thompson said that in March a police officer in plain clothes went to the Trafalgar House flats in Spon End, Coventry.
While he was outside, McErlean cycled up to him and asked who he was looking for, and he said he was after Joe.
McErlean told him: “Joe’s moved out. Is it weed you’re after?”
The officer did not reply, but McErlean persisted: “If it is weed you’re after, I work with Joe and I’ve got weed.”
He then produced four £10 bags of cannabis, at which the officer told him: “I wasn’t looking for weed; I’m a police officer.”
McErlean threw the bike at him and ran off, throwing away his phone and the bags of cannabis as he did so, but they were recovered after he was chased and caught.
Miss Thompson added that McErlean had previous convictions including one for possessing about 100 bags of cannabis with intent to supply, for which he had been jailed for eight months in 2011.
David Murray, defending, said: “He understands custody will be at the forefront of Your Honour’s mind, but I would submit a suspended sentence might be appropriate.”
He said McErlean had replaced alcohol, which had led to his earlier offending, with cannabis which he used to help calm himself down.”
Of the offence, Mr Murray added: “This was the height of folly by someone who is dealing on his own behalf to supplement his own use.” Sentencing McErlean, Recorder Lance Ashworth QC told him: “You are a man who clearly has a drug habit in relation to cannabis.
“On the 18th of March you approached a police officer, not knowing he was a police officer, in an attempt to sell him drugs; and not surprisingly he arrested you for that.
“You made comments at the police station, saying you can’t believe you had been so stupid as to get involved in dealing in drugs in that way.”