A ONE-time drug dealer was caught after police stopped his vehicle and found a cannabis cigarette in the ash tray, a court heard.
Officers smelt the drug inside and 19-year-old Ryan Clayton admitted they would find more cannabis in his Ashbourne home.
That led to magistrates ordering 120 hours unpaid work from Clayton of Birches Terrace. He was put on probation for a year and has to attend a ‘thinking skills’ course. He must pay £85 prosecution costs and a £60 surcharge.
Animal food packer Clayton appeared before magistrates in Derby on Monday and admitted having cannabis with intent to supply on March 4. He represented himself in court and said he had a regular job with overtime.
Presiding magistrate Keith Robinson said they noted his early plea of guilty and co-operation with the police. He added: ”Hopefully you have seen the error of your ways where you have been supplying it to your friends.”
Sharon Wright, prosecuting, said Clayton’s vehicle was stopped by police who were heading towards the centre of Ashbourne.
“They smelt cannabis and the defendant volunteered the information that there was a cannabis spliff in the ash tray,” she said. They asked Clayton if he had any at home. He replied:”There’s no point in lying, you will find it anyway.” At the house, officers discovered cannabis worth up to £150.
Mrs Wright told the court: ”He had the drugs for himself and said he would sell it to a select group of friends. He paid £100 for cannabis every few days, smoked some and sold the other to friends in £20 deals.”