Drug dealer caught with £500 of cannabis in car
A DRUG dealer was spared jail after police stopped him while driving without a licence or insurance and found £500-£700 worth of cannabis in the car.
Gary Lazenby, 27, of Peaks Lane, New Waltham, was driving his partner's car when he was stopped by police on March 16 this year, Grimsby Crown Court heard.
Prosecuting, Simon Waley told the court that officers smelt cannabis, searched the car and found a total of 84.8g – worth £500-£700. They also found he had been driving with no licence, no insurance, and evidence on his mobile phone of "daily drug dealing".
Mitigating, Michael Culshaw explained that Lazenby has a job interview lined up and has been keen to "put his consistent drug use behind him" since finding out that his partner is pregnant.
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Culshaw also mentioned Lazenby's "full and frank admissions" of the events and early guilty plea, including possession with intent to supply.
Judge Kate Buckingham ordered Lazenby to complete 200 hours of unpaid work during a 12-month community order and to seek help for his cannabis use from the Chance to Change programme.
Lazenby was also banned from driving for six months for the offences of driving without insurance or a licence.
She added: "The court has given you a chance and I recommend you take that offer and use it to build a life for you, your partner and your child."