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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Jail for Cumbrian drug dealer caught red-handed

A cannabis dealer has been jailed after being caught red handed, and telling police: “Prosecute me for the lot because I’m not giving names – my window will go in.”

Jamie Branthwaite, 28, was seen doing the drug deal on October 28 last year outside a house in Windermere Road in Whitehaven, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

When police approached the defendant, of Fell View Avenue, Whitehaven, and the man who he was with in a parked car, Branthwaite threw a package into the back of the car. It was a bag of cannabis.

The second man tried to hide a wrap of the drug in his mouth. Police later searched Brantwaite’s home, finding small amounts of cannabis and £845 in cash.

Alison Whalley, for Branthwaite, who admitted supplying the class B drug, said her client was remorseful, and had now been offered a job with a publishing company.

But Judge Paul Batty QC said that Branthwiate had already got a criminal record with a previous conviction for possessing cannabis with intent to supply the drug.

He added: “It is perfectly plain from the content of your mobile phone that you are an extremely active street dealer in the Whitehaven area.

“The scourge of cannabis in this county is a great concern. It generates crime at a significant level.

“Those who are involved in the dealing of cannabis must expect in this court significant and condign punishment.”

The defendant’s previous record meant it was impossible to contemplate suspending the sentence.

He imposed a jail term of 16 months.

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