Sus­pended sen­tence for deal­ing cannabis

Halifax Courier - - The Week In Court -

A 26-year-old man re­ceived a sus­pended prison sen­tence af­ter po­lice of­fi­cers caught him deal­ing in cannabis.

Atif Man­taz and an­other man were chal­lenged by of­fi­cers af­ter re­ports of sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity around a Honda Civic car in the Hyde Park Road area of Hal­i­fax.

Pros­e­cu­tor Bro­nia Hart­ley told Brad­ford Crown Court that Man­taz, who was in the driver’s seat, handed over three small bags of cannabis, say­ing that was all they had.

But a fur­ther search of the ve­hi­cle re­vealed dozens of other bags con­tain­ing skunk cannabis with a street value of around £520.

The court heard that Man­taz, who had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, tried to run off, but was de­tained af­ter a chase.

Of­fi­cers also seized a Sam­sung mo­bile phone, which con­tained drugs-re­lated text mes­sages, weigh­ing scales and £ 60 in cash. Man­taz, of Queen’s Road, Hal­i­fax, pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing cannabis with in­tent to sup­ply and Recorder Peter Babb sen­tenced him to six weeks in prison, sus­pended for two years.

The judge told Man­taz he would also have to do 150 hours of un­paid work for the com­mu­nity and take part in a 30-day ac­tiv­ity pro­gramme.

Un­der the terms of an agreed Pro­ceeds of Crime Act or­der, Man­taz will also have to pay back a to­tal of £245 or face a fur­ther 21 days in prison.

Lawyer Nigel Jame­son, for Man­taz, de­scribed him as rel­a­tively naive and un­so­phis­ti­cated and he sub­mit­ted that his client had been un­der some pres­sure be­cause of his own cannabis debt. Recorder Babb said cannabis was an in­sid­i­ous drug that took hold of its users and led to all man­ner of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

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