£1,000 drug stash dealer is spared jail
9:00am Saturday 19th January 2013 in Local
A DRUG dealer has been spared jail after being caught with cannabis worth more than £1,000.
William Batty, aged 56, of Aldred Street, Deane, answered the door in December to police with a search warrant.
Knowing what they were after, Batty showed police where his various stashes of cannabis were, said Nick Ross, defending. Batty was given a sixmonth jail sentence suspended for two years at Bolton Crown Court.
Police seized 200g of cannabis with a street value of up to £1,136, the court heard.
They also found mobile phones and £675 in cash.
At an earlier hearing, Batty pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.
Mr Ross said: “The defendant is due to have major surgery on his leg if he is fit enough.
“Doctors have also said he shows the early signs of senile dementia. It is accepted that he was dealing drugs so he could buy his own drugs, though he realises that is not an excuse.”
Recorder Craig Osborne told Batty: “There are three things that have saved you from going to prison today — your good previous record, your early guilty plea and the state of your health.”
Batty was also given a 12-month supervision order.