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Carlisle police found cannabis stashed in sports bag during raid

A man found with a sports bag containing nearly 100g of cannabis has admitted planning to supply the drug to friends.

Dean Paton, 38, was caught red-handed after police raided the property he was at in River Street, off Broad Street, Carlisle, on February 21, city magistrates heard.

In court, he admitted possessing the drug with intent to supply.

Prosecutor Diane Jackson described how police raided the property, finding a sports bag in a kitchen cupboard with the drugs inside.

The cannabis was stuffed into three plastic bags and in the form of leaves, later confirmed as the Class B drug.

Officers also found digital weighing scales, a cannabis price list and £1,300 cash.

“When he was interviewed he said he was a cannabis user and had built up a debt of £60 or £70,” said Mrs Jackson.

“He said he had been threatened and said that he had reluctantly agreed to sell cannabis for his dealer to pay off that debt.”

Paton, who spoke only to confirm his name, address, and guilty plea, said he had taken a 4oz consignment of cannabis and was starting to organise deals with people he knew were already cannabis users when police raided the house on February 21.

He insisted that the money found by police during the raid belonged to his wife.

He had compiled the hand-written list of prices at the behest of his dealer, he said.

Mrs Jackson said the case was so serious that it should be dealt with by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court.

District Judge Gerald Chalk agreed, sending the case to the higher court because he believed his sentencing powers were not sufficient.

Paton, now of Melbourne Road, off Greystone Road, will be sentenced at the crown court on June 13.

He was granted unconditional bail until that date. The amount of cannabis found in his bag was 99.67 grams.


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