Cycling cannabis dealer spared jail
5:01pm Friday 6th September 2013 in NW
A CYCLING cannabis dealer narrowly escaped jail today, Friday after a judge agreed to give him a second chance.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Nathan Reece was spotted by police dealing drugs from his BMX bike in Windermere Road, Leigh on January 11.
He was found to have 13 wraps of cannabis and when his home was searched they found four slabs of the drug each weighing 200 grams, formerly known as 'nine ounce bars'.
Sentencing the 19-year-old, recorder Neil Flewitt, QC, said: "You were clearly motivated by financial benefit. It seems you were setting out on a career in drug dealing when it was brought to an abrupt halt by your arrest."
Recorder Flewitt said that the drugs had a street value of £4,000 and he had been supplying cannabis for six months.
He said that it might be, as Reece claimed, true that his customers were friends or acquaintances but there were more than the three or four that Reece maintained.
"I am giving you a chance to put your drug dealing behind you," recorder Flewitt said, explaining that was because he has no previous similar convictions.
Reece was sentenced to nine months detention suspended for two years and imposed an electronically monitored six month curfew between 7pm - 5am.
"That is meant to be onerous and reduce your opportunities for committing crime," recorder Flewitt said.
Reece, of Fell Street, Leigh, had pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent and possessing the drug.
His barrister, Philip Martin, said that hopefully Reece, who is now in employment, will realise that the drug life style was not worth the risk.
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