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Dealer admits supplying drug to his friend
A REFORMED drug dealer with a history of violence was only supplying cannabis to his friends, a court was told.
Nicholas Ferrier, of Cobnall Road in Catshill, Bromsgrove, admitted the possession of cannabis (class B) with intent to supply and supplying the drug to a friend in Worcester.
Worcester Magistrates Court was told that police had attended the address of the 20-year-old’s girlfriend in Worcester where the defendant was arrested along with two other males.
Found in his possession on October 12 last year was 8.97g of cannabis with a street value of about £100 and a further bag worth £10 he had supplied to a friend.
Kerry Lovegrove, prosecuting, said Ferrier told police in interview that he would buy 14g of cannabis, smoke 4g himself and sell the remaining 10g to friends in 1g deals.
Sam Lamsdale, defending, said he had no history of drug use or of using class A drugs to her knowledge.
She said: “He has only been supplying small amounts of cannabis to his immediate circle of friends for a period of about two weeks.”
Miss Lamsdale said her client had recently served a 37-week prison sentence for a violent offence and was released from that sentence on January 1, having served around half of the sentence.
Miss Lamsdale said the address raided by police in Worcester was his girlfriend’s, a college student. She said his girlfriend had offered him an ultimatum to stay off drugs if he wanted to remain in a relationship with her. He has since stopped the use of cannabis and he signed on at an employment agency, gaining two months’ work experience leading up to the Christmas period and into the early new year.
She said: “There are some violent offences on his record but no offences for drugs.
“He’s now leading a constructive lifestyle where he has managed to hold down employment.”
Magistrates adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. He has been released on bail, but must co-operate with the probation service with preparing the report. He is next due before magistrates on Wednesday, January 23.