Man caught drug dealing in Weymouth town centre gets community order

Dorset Echo: Man caught drug dealing in Weymouth town centre gets community order Man caught drug dealing in Weymouth town centre gets community order

A SHOPPER alerted police after spotting what appeared to be drug dealing in Weymouth town centre in broad daylight, a court heard.

Sam Johnson, 21, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis, supplying cocaine and possessing cocaine with intent to supply at Dorchester Crown Court.

Prosecuting, Carolyn Branford-Wood told the court that Johnson had been in the town with friends on September 14 last year when the group stopped near St Nicholas Street.

She said: “A member of the public alerted police when she saw a man who seemed to have a small plastic bag with white powder.

“She says the man acted in a way that raised her suspicions that he was dealing drugs.”

Minutes later, police officers arrested and searched the defendant in New Bond Street, and discovered bags containing white powder in his socks.

Herbal cannabis was found in a subsequent search of Johnson’s home.

The cocaine was worth around £320 at street value, Miss Branford-Wood told the court.

In mitigation, Jamie Porter said Johnson, of Willowdene Close, New Milton, Hampshire, had admitted the charges on the basis that he had given the cocaine to a friend who had asked for drugs, and that no cash transaction had taken place.

He added: “He got himself into a complete mess but he has now extricated himself from that.

“He has put himself into other activities which give him friends who are not involved with drugs.

“There’s every reason to suspect this young man will not go near this sort of behaviour again.”

Judge Roger Jarvis said: “It is quite clear that since this matter has come to light you have taken very considerable steps to address your drug-abusing behaviour. You are a very hard-working young man.”

He sentenced him to a community order with a requirement to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work, to be completed in part at an employment and education unit.

He said: “I hope that the court does not ever see you again because if it does the prospect is a lengthy period of imprisonment.”

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4:52pm Tue 22 Apr 14

whatever66 says...

What a joke you might as well give him a pat on the head as well and say good boy.....
What a joke you might as well give him a pat on the head as well and say good boy..... whatever66
  • Score: 9

6:19pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Billy1mate says...

Pull the other one, it's got bells on it.
Pull the other one, it's got bells on it. Billy1mate
  • Score: 5

10:52pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Kaptain_Von says...

This is fairly typical nowadays. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen someone brought before court and it goes something like this:

Person Xs lawyer says that person X is sorry for their actions but had got in with a wrong crowd/started using drugs/drinking which led them to commit the crime. However, person X has now turned their lives around, are off the drink/drugs, are kind to kittens and the light beaming from their rear end is positively dazzling. The judge says that based on this and despite it being their 23rd offence they will give them one more chance.

Person X leaves court flipping the finger to any watching photographers and the officers who arrested them. Six months to a year later the local paper reports person X has been arrested for their 24th offence, Repeat ad infinitum.
This is fairly typical nowadays. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen someone brought before court and it goes something like this: Person Xs lawyer says that person X is sorry for their actions but had got in with a wrong crowd/started using drugs/drinking which led them to commit the crime. However, person X has now turned their lives around, are off the drink/drugs, are kind to kittens and the light beaming from their rear end is positively dazzling. The judge says that based on this and despite it being their 23rd offence they will give them one more chance. Person X leaves court flipping the finger to any watching photographers and the officers who arrested them. Six months to a year later the local paper reports person X has been arrested for their 24th offence, Repeat ad infinitum. Kaptain_Von
  • Score: 7

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