Drug dealer wins cut in prison sentence

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A man jailed for a plot to flood the streets of South Yorkshire with £8,000 worth of a designer drug similar to Mcat has been freed after appealing against his prison sentence.

Carl Howland, aged 24, handed himself in after his 660-gram stash of party drug, pentedrone, was seized by police at a house in Kimberworth, in November last year.

Howland, of Thornton Street, Rotherham, was jailed for two years at Sheffield Crown Court after admitting possessing a class B drug with intent to supply, but after challenging the length of the jail term at London’s Court of Appeal two of the country’s most senior judges reduced it to 15 months – making the dealer eligible for release.

The judges heard police found the drug at the Kimberworth home of Howland’s then girlfriend.

Howland’s claim that he only planned to sell the drugs to friends within his ‘social circle’ was thrown out by Judge Peter Kelson QC, who jailed him at Sheffield Crown Court in April.

The dealer eventually confessed his plan was to sell the drug to make a ‘modest profit’ and he was sentenced on that basis.

Howland had two previous drug-related convictions, including one for being concerned with the supply of a class B drug, for which he received a nine-month jail term at Doncaster Crown Court in September, 2011.

Including the time he has served on remand, Howland has spent eight months behind bars and is now eligible for release, having served half his new sentence.