Drugs texts on dealer’s mobile

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A CANNABIS user got involved with dealing to cover day-to-day living expenses and his drug habit.

Donovan Leith was found in possession of £140 of the drug after being pulled over in his car by police.

When his phone was checked it was found with drug-related text messages.

The 23-year-old, of Cheltenham Road, North Shore, has now been jailed for a year by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

He had been committed by Blackpool magistrates for sentencing at the higher court for possessing cannabis with intent to supply, being concerned in supplying the drug between dates in April and May, driving while using a mobile phone and also two bail offences.

Michael Brooks, prosecuting, said a police officer followed the defendant on May 9 after spotting him driving while on a mobile phone. He followed him to Cheltenham Road where Leith was pulled over.

A drugs search was carried out after the smell of cannabis was noticed in the car. Just under 15 grams of the drug was found, as well as some cash. There were snap bags of cannabis and digital scales in the home.

Text messages, consistent with drug dealing, were found on his phone.

He pleaded guilty to all the charges.

The prosecution suggested £2,000 cash recovered by police had come from drug dealing, but Leith’s lawyer said some of it had come from working and gambling.

Daniel Harman, defending, said Leith had not been some “big fish” that police were out to get.

The amount of cannabis seized had been a low quantity and of low value.

He said Leith had taken cannabis for many years.

He added: “He says his habit in recent years had been costing £20 to £40 a day. He seems to have got involved in supplying for financial gain. He did it to pay for day-to-day living, but also to fund his own cannabis habit.”

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