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Former prison guard Paul Harrison dealt cannabis
A FORMER prison guard has been spared a return to jail as a prisoner after being caught dealing cannabis.
York Crown Court heard that for nine months Paul Harrison, 38, financed his own drug habit by selling the Class B drug to a group of friends.
Recorder Tahir Khan QC gave him a six-month prison sentence but suspended it for 12 months on condition that Harrison did 12 months’ supervision.
“You clearly have some medication issues and your partner is pregnant. You are not a risk to the public,” he told Harrison at York Crown Court.
Defence solicitor advocate Mark Partridge said Harrison had mental health problems. “There was a lack of foresight in using cannabis as a form or self medication for depression and not accepting the help offered by his GP,” said Mr Partridge.
Harrison was now receiving treatment from his doctor and a community health team.
Harrison, of Mowbray Drive, Acomb, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply it to others on the basis that he had done so to friends and not on a commercial basis.
Alan Mitcheson, prosecuting, said police raided Harrison’s home on September 28.
“There appears to have been an attempt to remove items from the property,” said Mr Mitcheson.
Officers found drug paraphernalia in the neighbouring garden. They also found 19.2g of cannabis in Harrison’s garden worth about £100 and £50 worth of cannabis in the house. On Harrison’s mobile phone, they found text messages indicating he had been supplying to at least 15 others.
The judge read a report that said that Harrison had started using cannabis “relatively recently”.
He had been in the Army as well as working in the prison service.