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Texts prove to be cannabis dealer’s downfall

A DRUG dealer is facing jail after police found cannabis, plants and growing equipment worth £5,000 during a raid on his flat.

organic cananbis bud marijuanaAlexander Hayes, of Ashby Road East, Bretby, admitted possession with intent to supply when he appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The 24-year-old was arrested when police found nearly 600 grammes of marijuana and nine cannabis plants at his home in March.

They also found weighing scales and mobile phone text messages relating to drug deals — contradicting claims made by the defendant that he was growing the plants for his own personal use only.

David Bell, prosecuting, said: “Police executed a search warrant and found plants that, if they reached their full level of cultivation, would hold a street value of £3,000.

“This, combined with the cannabis found elsewhere in the flat, amounts to £5,000 of drugs and equipment.

“He told police he was growing for personal use, but when his mobile phone was seized, messages suggesting he was dealing drugs were found.

“Previous convictions suggest he had been smoking cannabis for some time but this is his first conviction to do with supply.”

Terry Perry, defending, said Hayes bought the growing equipment for £600 and had a ’cannabis problem’.

Mr Perry said: “He told police he was growing for personal use, but they found messages from about seven numbers asking about £10 or £20 deals.

“These numbers all belonged to ex-workmates or friends, and we are not talking about sophisticated cultivation here.

“We’re talking about a few plants, some in his room and some in a cupboard, in a one-bedroom flat.

“Police found small scales but he explained he had bought them because he was used to buying cannabis and being ripped off.

“With the scales, he could weigh it to make sure he was getting a good deal.”

However, magistrates did not see Hayes’ exploits as ’a small-scale operation’ and found he was growing for ’commercial supply’.

Hayes will be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court at a date yet to be confirmed. He was given conditional bail.


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