Porthcawl man jailed for supplying drugs to 17-year-old

Friday, 26 February 2016

By GEM Staff Reporter

in Crime

A 56-year-old Porthcawl man who worked as a night porter has been jailed for 10 months at Cardiff Crown Court for supplying cannabis to a 17-year-old youth.

Raymond Gent of Mackworth Road, Porthcawl, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Neil Bidder QC said: “The use of cannabis by an adolescent is particularly dangerous.”

He said he accepted that Gent didn’t realise the youth was 17 and he thought he was older.

Prosecutor Tony Trigg said that at about 2.30pm on November 4, police on Mackworth Road became suspicious when they saw a teenager going into Gent’s flat. He returned shortly afterwards and admitted he’d bought cannabis.

The police went to the flat and immediately, Gent was frank and admitted he had just sold the drugs.

The officers searched the flat and found 38 bags of cannabis worth £520, as well as scales, a mobile phone and sealed bags. On the phone were drug-related text messages.

The police also seized £108.

“He was a common street dealer,” said Mr Trigg.

The court heard that Gent had previous convictions for possessing drugs and producing cannabis.

His solicitor, David Sedgewick, said Gent had been taking cannabis for some time. He believed that the youth was over 18.

He pointed out Gent had no assets and his supplying was on a small scale.

“He accepts it was foolish and he should not have engaged in such activity. He is remorseful.”

The judge said the aggravating feature of this was that Gent supplied a 17-year-old.

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