Marchwiel youth 'considered giving up job to supply cannabis'


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A YOUTH was considering giving up his job to supply cannabis full-time, a court heard.

This emerged when police analysed his mobile phone.

Police followed Jake Dodd’s car in Wrexham but a passenger suddenly jumped out and ran off, dropping cannabis as he went.

Further cannabis was found in the vehicle and Dodd, the driver, was arrested.

When his phone was analysed, incriminating text messages indicating that he was dealing in cannabis were found, David Mainstone told Mold Crown Court.

Some indicated he owed money and people were messaging him to say that they were coming to collect it.

A series of texts revealed that while he was in employment, he was considering giving it up for the purpose of selling cannabis instead.

There were a series of text messages between Dodd and a woman who was trying to persuade him not to do so.

The court heard that since his arrest in November, Dodd had changed his lifestyle, stopped using cannabis and no longer associated with those in the drugs culture.

Dodd, 19, of Bryn y Cabanau Farm, Marchwiel, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

He received an eight-month youth custody sentence, suspended for two years, was ordered to carry out 240 hours of  unpaid work and pay £250 towards prosecution costs.

The judge, the Recorder Geraint Walters, said Dodd’s involvement had been nipped in the bud.

“You have been stopped before you became more seriously involved in this,” he said.

The judge said Dodd was a man of good character who was stopped by police during a routine check because of the manner of his driving.

Panic set in, a passenger fled and dropped a bag containing 27 grammes of cannabis.

A small quantity of cannabis was found in the car and Dodd had £130 in cash on him.

“On your arrest, your mobile phone was analysed and that revealed a number of secrets, that you were not expecting the police to ever look at,” the judge said.

“What it showed was that you had been very active indeed in supplying cannabis.

“You were obviously doing it to fund your own habit,” he said.

But his usage meant that he started to sell to fund it.

Paul Abraham, defending, said his client was of good character and had a good job and a supportive family.

He had started smoking cannabis but could not keep up with the expense of the habit and started selling to pay his debt.

Mr Abraham said: “He found himself getting further and further involved.”

He was supplying cannabis to friends who were already users.

His activities had been stopped by the police in November, his arrest had a significant effect upon him, he had taken stock and he had returned to the right path which he had previously followed.

Dodd had disassociated himself from using cannabis and those mixing in that sort of environment.

He was a young man with prospects who Mr Abraham said had instructed him that there was no risk of him becoming involved again.

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