A DONCASTER drug dealer who kept his cannabis stash in a child’s lunchbox will miss the birth of his new baby after he was locked up by a Sheffield judge.
Joseph Cannon, aged 22, was at his Wheatley Park home when police executed a search warrant at his property and found him standing in the hall carrying two wraps of heroin with a street value of £25.
During a search, South Yorkshire Police officers found 44 bags of cannabis stored in the garden while further bags of the Class B drug had been placed in a child’s red lunchbox in the kitchen at Cannon’s home.
They also confiscated £395 in cash from the property. The total haul of cannabis seized in the raid was nearly 50 grams and had an estimated street value of £409, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
When Cannon was arrested he told police he had bought the drugs for his own use and denied intending to sell them.
He later admitted possessing heroin and cannabis with intent to supply.
Guy Wyatt, defending, said Cannon was a family man who acted as a father to his partner’s four children and had another baby on the way.
He said Cannon would miss the birth if he was locked up adding he had used drugs for many years but had finally kicked his habit.
Mr Wyatt added Cannon had bought the cannabis for his own use but intended to sell some of it to his friends.
Jailing Cannon, of Wells Road, Wheatley Park, for 15 months, Judge Peter Kelson QC said: “You intentionally involved yourself in drug dealing.
“In my view you are a serious drugs offender.
“A custodial sentence is inevitable.”