Text messages reveal dealer’s drug activities

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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TELL tale phone messages showed a Blackpool man had been supplying cannabis to more than a dozen people.

Scott Brade was caught with the drug when police raided his home on Ash Street, South Shore, on January 20. Two mobile phones were discovered with drug related text messages.

Some of them were read out at Preston Crown Court as the 32-year-old appeared for sentencing.

One read: “Can you drop some smoke off later?”

Another said: “Have you got any weed pal?”

Brade admitted one offence of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and another of possessing the drug with intent to supply.

Amanda Johnson, prosecuting, said 20 transactions were identified from phones. Brade accepted he sold cannabis to friends on a limited basis.

The first offence covered the period between November 12 2009 and January 20 last year.

A snap bag of 1.03 grammes of cannabis was found which he admitted was his. Police recovered a total of £8,855 cash from within the home.

Janet Ironfield, defending, said he had supplied to a number of friends.

Brade was given 12 months’ jail, suspended for two years, with supervision and ordered to do 150 hours’ unpaid work. He must pay £800 costs.