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Drug dealer’s relatives held in police raid
8:11am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
RELATIVES of a drug dealer ended up in police cells under arrest because he kept cannabis worth more than £1,000 in their home, York Crown Court heard.
Helen Wheatley, prosecuting, said Christopher Benson, 27, was not at the Acomb address when police raided it and found 127g of cannabis there.
Officers arrested a “number of the defendant’s relatives” who were at the house and held them in custody. But they also found Benson nearby and after he confessed that he was responsible for the cannabis, released his relatives.
Benson, of Burnsall Drive, Acomb, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply it to others and was sentenced to do 200 hours’ unpaid work and pay £125 prosecution costs.
Mrs Wheatley said the cannabis was worth between £1,395 and £1,675 in street deals.
For Benson, Taryn Turner said he had run up a drug debt to a dealer after he was made redundant in 2011 and had a series of short-term jobs, mostly as a labourer.
The dealer said he could pay off the debt by selling drugs, so he had done so to people who were already drug users.