Jail for drugs supplier, 24

Anisul Choudhury has been jailed for two and a half years

Anisul Choudhury has been jailed for two and a half years

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A Blackpool man has been jailed for two and a half years after half a kilo of skunk cannabis was seized.

Anisul Choudhury had provided cannabis for a relatively small number of drug users known to him, a court was told.

He got text messages from people looking to get cannabis – sometimes as many as 11 or 12 messages a day.

And his activities all took place while he was on a community order, having been sentenced last year for having cannabis with intent to supply.

The 24-year-old, of Alexandra Road, South Shore, Blackpool, had admitted one charge of possessing cannabis with intent to supply, another of supplying, plus the simple possession of the drug.

A co-defendant, Elias Master, 20, of Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to possessing the drug with intent and supplying.

He was given 40 weeks’ detention, suspended for 15 months and told to do 120 hours’ unpaid work.

Preston Crown Court heard that half a kilo of cannabis - with a street value of between £2,800 and £4,200 - had been recovered by the police. It was thought this would have made 140-500 street deals.

A small quantity of the drugs were found by police at Choudhury’s home.

They were for his own personal use.

That defendant had been getting text messages since a time in August.

On two days in September there were 10 and 11 messages received, said Roger Brown, prosecuting.

The Crown accepted that drugs had been supplied to a relatively small number of people who were known to the two defendants.

Master, who had been 19 at the time, had effectively been involved for a one-day period after an order had come in.

Paul Robinson, for Choudhury, said his client had been involved in bulk buying of the drug last year, on behalf of some people known to him.

“His attitude towards cannabis has significantly altered. He has not smoked it for several months now.

“An immediate custodial sentence would have a significant impact on him, his partner and his mother”.

Kevin Donnelly, for Master, said he and another person had travelled to jointly buy a quantity of cannabis.

It was expected the drug would be split between them.

Master would have had half of it and supplied it to others.

When he had pleaded guilty it was said he had been holding drugs on behalf of his supplier, with the rest for use in street dealing.

Mr Donnelly added that since his arrest, the defendant had made efforts to distance himself from the people and the behaviour that had brought him before the court.

He had stopped using cannabis, the court heard.

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