Drugs smell was coming from car
A DRUG dealer was stopped by police because they smelt cannabis from his car at traffic lights, a court was told.
Luke Delaney, 24, was driving a Vauxhall Astra around Cheltenham on Wednesday, July 31, when plain clothed police officers carried out intelligence checks on it.
“While at traffic lights police smelled cannabis from the car,” said prosecutor Sonia Alford.
She told the court Delaney was stopped and admitted what he was doing.
Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard he handed over a mobile phone which had a number of phone calls coming through and he had £110 in his trouser pocket.
Delaney, of Graham Place in the town, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
The offence was described as ‘street dealing’ in court, in the short hearing after the defendant was brought up from the cells.
Magistrates were told he had just been released from prison for conspiracy to supply class A drugs and was going to be recalled.
His defence counsel said he accepts what he has done and that his client seemed to be in a ‘vicious circle’ as it can be difficult for ex-convicts to obtain work.
He said he has various responsibilities to his family which is part of ‘substantial mitigation.’
Delaney will be sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on August 23.