Dealer in court after party drugs hospitalise users

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A group of young people were hospitalised after consuming a combination of alcohol and drugs at a party.

Preston Crown Court heard Blackpool drug dealer Liam Norbury, 23, of Ashton Road, central Blackpool, was caught when the affected revellers made a complaint to police after being treated at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in March,

In his bag was a total of 2.61g of cannabis diluted with other vegetable matter, and also 620 diazepam tablets

He admitted possession with intent to supply both cannabis and the class C drug zeperose – an Indian brand of diazepam.

Charlie Brown, prosecuting, said: “This defendant was arrested on March 6 as a result of information received from a group of young people who were at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital a few days earlier suffering from the consequences of having taken a combination of alcohol and illegal drugs.

“There’s no direct evidence he supplied those youngsters but as a result of information they provided, police obtained a warrant to search his home next door to where the party had taken place at Ashton Road in Blackpool.

“Officers were placed at the front and back during the raid. On the front door being knocked upon he fled out of the back door but was stopped. He had with him a black ‘manbag’ over his shoulder. That was searched.

“In his bag was a total of 2.61g of cannabis diluted with other vegetable matter, and also 620 diazepam tablets.”

Preston Crown Court heard the tablets were worth between £300 and £600 and the cannabis was worth a “limited amount”.

Scales, snap bags and tick lists were found at the address.

Fraser Livesey, defending, said: “He has not been through the court system before – this has had a profound effect upon him finding himself in the splendour of the Crown Court.

“At the time he was a user of the drugs and it was to fund his own habit.

“His aunt was about two months ago seriously ill and in hospital, and had a series of operations.

“He saw what happened to her and has assisted in caring for her.

“He has shown an element of maturity entirely absent from his life until that point.”

Imposing 10 months’ jail suspended for 12 months, 150 hours’ unpaid work, and a drug rehabilitation requirement, Judge Pamela Badley said: “This is your first time in the Crown Court but you have made a big effort to get here because not only were you engaged in supply, you’ve done it with a degree of sophistication. The diazepam was imported by someone into this country. That means there is profits to be made because as everyone knows, drugs on the Indian market are subsidised so they are available to people who need them who have limited means.

“You deserve an immediate prison sentence but I’m going to give you one opportunity.”

Norbury must pay £150 costs and a £100 surcharge.