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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Carlisle cocaine dad jailed for two years

A cocaine user whose use of the drug cost him his job has been jailed for two years after a court heard how he turned to dealing to fund his habit.

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Ryan Brown

Father-of-two Ryan Brown, 31, had numerous text messages on the mobile phones he used to set up deals.

At Carlisle Crown Court, a judge was told how police who raided his home in Dalston Road, Carlisle, found cocaine worth £2,341 as well as evidence of dealing.

Brown admitted supplying the drug to another on a date between May 2012 and May 2013, and a second count of possessing the drug with intent to supply.

Prosecutor Tim Evans said the defendant began “bulk buying” the drug to satisfy his own habit and to help fund his own drug use by selling to friends and other users.

When police raided Brown’s home, they found more than 58 grams of cocaine hidden in a kitchen cupboard. They also found electronic scales, four mobile phones, and £300 in cash.

Mr Evans said the evidence from mobile phone messages did not support the defendant’s claim that he dealt only to friends.

“He said he had been using cocaine for a number of years and amassed a significant quantity of debt – possibly up to £6,000,” said the barrister.

Mr Evans said the defendant accepted the £300 found by police came from dealing.

Alison Whalley, for Brown, said he had stuck by his police interview in which he said he began dealing to raise cash to clear his debts. “He is extremely remorseful,” she said.

“His partner is totally against drugs. He is in employment, which I suspect he will lose.

“He has now repaid his drugs debt and ceased cocaine use. He recognises the shame he has brought to himself and his family.”

She added that Brown had recently worked voluntarily for a charity which helps troubled musicians.

Jailing him, Judge Peter Hughes QC told Brown: “You entered the drugs market, supplying cocaine, with your eyes open.

“You knew that it was a serious thing to do, and the evidence of the mobile phone records indicates the nature of your dealing.”

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