Jail for drug-user who turned to dealing

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A DRUG user who turned to dealing in cannabis to pay off debts to his former suppliers has been sent to prison for a year.

Gareth Pitts was caught with more than £650 worth of cannabis at his home on Margate Drive, Grimesthorpe, Sheffield.

Stephanie Hollis, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court that police encountered 24-year-old Pitts on his motorbike on Margate Drive in September.

She said he performed a U-turn and sped off, but was later found by officers outside his house.

Ms Hollis said: “He threw a glove to the ground and from the glove came a small wrap of cannabis which was worth about £30.”

About 66g of cannabis – with a street value of £667 – was then found in Pitts’ kitchen, some of it stashed in a plastic bag in a chest of drawers.

Police discovered he had also been growing cannabis. A roll of clingfilm and two sets of scales were recovered.

When interviewed by police, Pitts said he had fallen into debt and admitted he intended to deal the cannabis.

Ms Hollis said: “He said he was going to sell it to people who regularly bought from him.”

Geoff Fleming, mitigating, said Pitts had been ‘under pressure’ and had referred himself to a drug counsellor.

Pitts, who had previous convictions for drug offences, admitted supplying and producing cannabis, as well as possessing the drug with intent to supply.

Sentencing, Judge Simon Lawler QC told Pitts: “You ran up debts to your sellers so turned to supplying yourself.”