A YOUNG South Yorkshire drug dealer who got so drunk he forgot to sell his stash of cannabis has been jailed after he was caught with 29 bags of the drug in his pocket.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Christopher Whiting, aged 22, was found with £274 of cannabis in his pocket and another £249 worth in his bedroom in February this year.
Angela Wrottesley, prosecuting, said: “When he was arrested he said: ‘I’ve been an idiot, I’ve tried to make some cash.’
“He admitted he purchased an ounce and tried to sell it on. It was found in his pocket because he got drunk and hadn’t managed to sell any of it.”
She said police were called to a takeaway at 2.30am on February 27 where Whiting was involved in a row.
When police searched him they found 27.4 grams of cannabis, in 29 separate ‘deal bags’, she said.
A further 38g was found in his home, along with a set of scales.
When quizzed by police Whiting, of Elm Place, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, admitted he had been selling drugs for two months, making £400 to £500 a week.
Whiting pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to supply and supplying cannabis.
Nicholas Neale, defending, said the second charge was only brought because of Whiting’s ‘very frank admission’ during the police interview.
He said Whiting had ‘never had a home life’ but was beginning to get his life on track and had aspirations to become a sports trainer.
Judge Recorder Patrick Palmer jailed Whiting for a year but said he would be out of prison in six months.
He said: “You must know selling cannabis, even at the level you were doing it, is a serious offence and risks an immediate custodial sentence.
“I bear in mind that you were frank with the police and take into account your background.
“It seems that your life is at long last on the change and I am going to make this sentence shorter than it could have been.”