Huntingdon cannabis dealer jailed

Peterborough Crown Court.
Peterborough Crown Court.
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A Huntingdon father who was caught supplying drugs less than a year after being given a suspended sentence for the same offence has bene jailed.

Michael Chamberlain (21) of Bradley Road, Huntingdon, was locked up for four months after police carried out a search at his home, finding a quantity of cannabis.

Chamberlain had pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug with intent to supply at a previous hearing, and was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday.

Harry Snook, prosecuting, told the court police carried out a search warrant on June 11 at his home, and found eight wraps of cannabis. Some cannabis had been kept near where his young child was sleeping.

Officers also found four mobile phones, a set of scales and £160 cash.

Chamberlain admitted he was selling the drugs to repay a debt to his drug dealer.

Mr Snook added Chamberlain had been given a six month sentence, suspended for 12 months in July last year for possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Defending, Nenad Spasojevic said: “He is a 21-year-old man who made admissions to police and pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity.

“He is a young man who suffered depression from a young age. He took medication, but cannabis has been his crutch since the age of 14.

“He did make a great effort to try and ween himself off the dreaded weed, and even managed to gain employment - the first job he had ever had.

“But in the early part of this year his world took a considerable knock when both his grandparents died in quick succession. He returned to taking cannabis to cope.”

The court was told he built up a drug debt of £200, and was selling about £100 of cannabis every month, with each £100 taking £20 off the debt.

Mr Spasojevic said: “He is motivated to address his drug problems, and restart his life.”

Judge Sean Enright said he did not need to activate the whole of the suspended sentence, because Chamberlain had complied with unpaid work and curfew requirements, and the sentence was nearly at an end.

Chamberlain was given a four month prison sentence for the 2015 offence, with two months for last years offence, to be served concurrently.

The drugs were ordered to be destroyed.