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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Cumbrian drug dealer who struggled to grow up sent to jail

A drug dealer who has “struggled to grow up” has been sent to prison.

Police raided the home of Mark Irvine, 34, of Cumberland Road, Whitehaven, on October 4 last year.

He was in the house and told officers that he had “plant food” in his pockets.

They searched him and found tins with small plastic bags inside, some of which contained white powder. They also seized a number of empty small plastic bags and a mobile phone.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that the white powder was tested and found to be eight grammes of the stimulant mephedrone, which would have been worth between £180 and £240 if sold on the street.

Prosecutor Gerard Rogerson said: “The mobile phone was analysed and from the dates starting on August 11 and continuing to October 3 a number of texts sent by Irvine and received to his phone were discovered.

“The general theme was people asking to be supplied by Irvine with drugs and people asking for ‘plant food’.”

The court heard that Irvine had previous convictions for theft, criminal damage, and drunk and disorderly.

Marian Weir, defending, said: “To his credit he has become drug-free from any substance.

“Clearly drugs have played a part in his life over a number of years and he accepts that he has struggled over the years to grow up.”

As well as being caught with the mephodrone, police also found a small amount of cannabis in Irvine’s home.

Recorder Paul Curran said: “In 2000 you were sent to prison for a year for selling ecstasy and you knew full well the dangers and the risks of dealing drugs. You could not have forgotten that. You say that you want to give up drugs and I really hope you do.”

Irvine pleaded guilty to possessing a class B drug with intent to supply and possessing cannabis.

He was sentenced to eight months in prison and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

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