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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Police swoop on Cumbrian drug dealers after calls from the public

Two drugs criminals caught following concerns raised by members of the public have been spared immediate custody.

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Drugs were found at Ruckersberg’s home

Ryan Thurlow, 18, and Kurt Ruckersberg, 21, were given suspended sentences at Carlisle Crown Court.

Police were alerted to worries about the two after they were spotted in their cars at Prospect, near Aspatria.

A search of Ruckersberg’s car and home led to the discovery of cannabis.

Thurlow fled but investigations linked him to the class B drug m-cat and cannabis dealing.

Ruckersberg, of Queens Street, Aspatria, and Thurlow, of West Street, Aspatria, appeared to be sentenced.

Brendan Burke, prosecuting, said on August 22 last year police received reports that the two “appeared to be drug dealing”.

“They were parked in separate vehicles interacting with each other,” he told the court.

“The police arrived and searched Ruckersberg and his vehicle.

“They found four bags of cannabis bush.”

Cannabis was also found at his home.

The total haul had a street value of £1,787.

Scales found on Thurlow were linked to the drug m-cat.

The court was told investigations of text messages led to a charge of him supplying cannabis.

Malcolm Dodds, representing Thurlow, said he was “of previous good character”, had “excellent references” and “excellent qualifications”.

Ruckersberg, the court heard, had made a poor decision and since his arrest had not touched cannabis.

Thurlow admitted supplying cannabis and possession of m-cat.

Ruckersberg pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing cannabis with intent to supply and a single charge of possessing cannabis.

The judge, Recorder John Corless, senyenced Thurlow to be detained for four months in custody and Ruckersberg jailed for the same time – but both sentences would be suspended for two years.

Both will be supervised for 12 months and do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Ruckersberg must also attend a course on “thinking skills”.

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