A FROME addict, who bought cannabis in bulk to fund his habit, was warned by a judge that he had put his family life at risk.
Lewis Atkinson, 21, of Primrose Court, was arrested after police armed, with a search warrant, called at his home shortly before Christmas and found cannabis with a street value of £1,100, Taunton Crown Court was told.
He told them he bought it four days earlier for more than £1,000 and had been dealing in the previous month, said William Hunter, prosecuting.
Atkinson pleaded guilty in April to possessing cannabis with intent to supply and fully cooperated with police inquiries, telling them what they were going to find and about his activities over the previous three to four weeks, said Jonathan Wright, prosecuting.
He had a "genuine" addiction to cannabis and the probation service had written a glowing report on his frankness and extreme remorse. He was not a pusher or street dealer and was selling to known users.
At the time he had no money, having turned self-employed and then finding the work fell through and the mother of his child had taken a hard line, saying she was not having cannabis "around my children", he added.
Judge David Ticehurst said: "You put your own freedom and liberty at risk, you put your relationship at risk and your relationship with your child – all because you are addicted to cannabis and found it's an easy way to make money. I hope it's a salutary lesson and you do something to break your addiction because if you carry on like this you will go to prison".
Sentencing him to nine months, suspended for two years with 120 hours unpaid work, the judge added: "When you buy cannabis from someone, you are committing an offence; when you are in possession you are committing an offence – and you will be back before me and you will go to prison".
Atkinson was also ordered to pay £300 towards prosecution costs of £670 and a victim surcharge of £100.
By Somerset Standard
Posted: May 22, 2014
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