A MAN has been jailed after he offered drugs to a plain clothes police officer.
Dennis Barlow, 57, of Ermine Road, Hoole, pleaded guilty to possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply after he was caught red-handed on February 5.
Chester Crown Court heard yesterday how police officers saw a man acting suspiciously down an alley at the back of Ermine Road and went to talk to him.
While they were talking to the man, Barlow emerged out the back of his house on a bike and asked the officers: “Do you want your weed then?”
For the prosecution, Peter Hussey said the police arrested Barlow and took him to Blacon Police Station. They then searched his house and found cannabis with a street value of £1,350 as well as mobile phones with text messages suggesting drug dealing, scales and a cannabis grinder.
Mr Hussey pointed out Barlow had no previous convictions relating to drugs and his last offence was in 2009.
Robin Boag, defending, said Barlow had begun selling cannabis to fund his addiction to alcohol which he had recently taken steps to tackle. Mr Boag said Barlow had never been to custody before and asked the judge to suspend the sentence to help him properly tackle his alcohol addiction.
But the Recorder of Chester, Judge Elgan Edwards, said Barlow would have to serve an immediate sentence. He said: “It seems to me you have to understand people who are prepared to provide drugs to their local community will be punished.
“You were caught when you were doing precisely that. This kind of conduct will not be tolerated in this city.”
The judge added: “I give you credit for your plea, although that is probably being a bit generous considering you were caught red handed and you must serve 12 months in prison.”
The drugs were ordered to be destroyed and a forfeiture order in respect of £310 found in Barlow’s flat was made.