AN ABERPORTH man set himself up as a cannabis dealer, a judge heard yesterday (Nov 11).
Aled Lewis, aged 21, sent text messages to a “club” of fellow users.
Swansea Crown Court heard how on October 1 police raided Lewis’ then home in Queens Terrace, Cardigan, and found him in bed with his partner.
Officers found flowering head cannabis in various locations, some of it bagged up ready for sale, as well as weighing scales and two mobile telephones.
On one experts were able to recover incoming messages such as “Ok, sound mate, can I grab two grams of your finest.”
Another read: “Want six. Will you do seven for £60.”
That, said Ian Wright, prosecuting, was a message from someone hoping to buy seven grams for the price of six.
And they also found “group” messages sent by Lewis informing his customers that he would be home in 20 minutes.
Lewis, now of Erwlas, Parcllyn, Aberporth, admitted possessing a total of 97 grams of cannabis with intent to supply.
His barrister, Janet Gedrych, said he had been living within a drugs community in Cardigan but had moved away and was determined to rid himself of cannabis.
He had been a user, she added, who sold to his friends to help fund his own habit.
Lewis was jailed for eight months, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete rehabilitation activities.
He was also told to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work for the community and to pay £300 towards the prosecution’s costs and a £100 surcharge.