Drugs smell was com­ing from car

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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.

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