Suspended jail sentence for Grantham cannabis dealer
A Grantham man who admitted dealing in cannabis while he was unemployed has been given a suspended jail sentence.
James Stokes, 22, was caught when police officers noticed the smell of cannabis after they attended his home on New Year’s Eve.
Lincoln Crown Court heard police found a “modest” amount of cannabis in the property but also analysed Stokes’ mobile phone.
Jon Dunne, prosecuting said Stokes made the comment: “I’m not a big time dealer, I used to deal a bit in the past.”
Stokes’ mobile phone was found to contain 1,200 incoming messages and 1,000 outgoing messages during a two-month period between October and December, Mr Dunne told the court.
Chris Milligan, mitigating, said Stokes admitted dealing cannabis to a small circle of adult users for a couple of months while he was out of work.
Mr Milligan told the court: “James Stokes made a terrible decision in his life to get involved in the supply of cannabis.
“He smoked cannabis from the age of 16 to 22, but he is a young man who has always been in work.
“For a brief period he was out of work and he sold cannabis to support himself and his habit, and to pay off a debt.”
Mr Milligan said since the offence Stokes had turned his life around and was now back in construction work and staying away from those who he smoked cannabis with.
“He is an intelligent man who passed all his GCSEs,” Mr Milligan added.
Stokes, of Wroxall Drive, Grantham, pleaded guilty to supplying cannabis between 26 October and 31 December, and a second charge of possessing cannabis.
He was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work in the community.