Sutton drug dealer jailed

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A CANNABIS dealer who had more than 1,000 messages from customers on his phone, has been jailed for 16 months.

Gary Frankish (22) of Brierley Road, Sutton, was caught driving an Audi car in Sutton with some of the drug in it.

Also in the vehicle was a halogen lamp with foil attached, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

Police searched his home, then in Sherwood Street, Newton, Derbyshire, and found flowering tops from cannabis plants, worth potentially £3,550.

An examination of his phone revealed messages from people to whom he had been supplying the drug. He pleaded guilty to the offence.

His barrister Sarah Munro said he had not continued to deal in drugs since being caught last March and that he could be punished within the community rather than being sent to jail.

The judge Recorder Christopher Nicholls said Frankish had made positive changes in his life and had been able to deal with the depression that had troubled him.

He said: “You realise taking large amounts of cannabis makes the depression worse rather than better and you have reduced your intake over the last year.”

But he added that for over a month he had been dealing the drug to a significant number of people and there had to be an immediate prison sentence.