A DRUG dealing couple were caught out after police raided their home.
Ian Scott has been jailed for 10 months after being caught dealing cannabis to fund his own habit.
His wife, Catherine, was handed a suspended prison sentence at Preston Crown Court for supporting her husband’s illegal enterprise.
The court heard suspicions arose about Ian Scott after he was spotted behaving nervously on a Blackpool street by police in November last year.
He was seen visiting a particular address, leaving and then returning a short time later.
Scott smelled of cannabis and when officers searched the 38-year-old, they found he was carrying seven lumps of cannabis resin, in individual foil wraps, as well as around £100 cash.
The couple’s home on Selbourne Road, North Shore, was later searched by police, who found cannabis resin in bags in bags on the kitchen work top and more than £1,000 cash in the living room.
Scott and his 30-year-old wife, pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing drugs with intent to supply.
The couple claimed the cash in the living room was from wages, Christmas savings, and money being saved to tax Catherine Scott’s car.
The court heard Ian Scott was a long term cannabis user. He had smoked around an ounce a week, but his habit rose to as much as two ounces a week because he was “coming off” alcohol.
He admitted having sold drugs to four or five friends at the most.
But the prosecution said the cash and drugs found, as well as around 200 numbers stored in Ian Scott’s phone, pointed to a greater deal of dealing than either defendant appeared to admit.
Kimberley Obrusik, defending the couple, said there had been dealing over a six months long period, from May to November last year.
She explained Ian Scott had bought a second hand SIM card and did not know most of the numbers on the phone.
She said: “He was addicted to the drug at the time. He is attempting to deal with the demons he has. He had begun smoking more and more cannabis to deal with his alcohol issues.
“His wife accepts she turned a blind eye and let this happen.
“These proceedings have been a sobering experience for both of them.”
The husband had 56 previous offences on his record, while his wife was of previous good character.
Judge Susan Beech said she was satisfied both defendants had done their utmost to minimise the extent of the drug dealing that took place.
Sentencing Ian Scott, she said: “You were effectively doing all of the leg work. Your wife had a supportive role in your offending.
“Financial gain was the motive behind your offending.
“Only a custodial sentence and an immediate one can be justified for this offence”.
Catherine Scott was handed an eight month jail sentence, suspended for two years.
She was also sentenced to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and a curfew to run for 60 nights, from 8pm until 6am.
The judge told her: “It wasn’t a case of you turning a blind eye, but rather of you giving vigorous support to your husband.”