A DRUG dealer has been jailed for nearly two years after committing an identical offence to one he was spared prison for 10 months ago.
Jason Whitley, of Elm Square, Lache admitted possessing amphetamines with intent to supply at Chester Crown Court on Monday, November 3.
Police officers executed a search warrant of the home 37-year-old Whitley shares with a partner and their children at 11.15am on July 2 this year.
They were met by Whitley who was standing in the kitchen with a mobile phone in one hand and a blue notebook in the other.
Prosecutor Peter Frost said: “The officers recovered a coat hanging on a door. Inside were two separate balls of a yellow substance wrapped in plastic.”
They also found a set of scales, two small pieces of plastic with white powder on them and a quantity of glucose powder – often used to bulk out amphetamines when dealers cut the drug.
Mr Frost added: “He admitted the jacket was his in interview. The two balls of yellow substance were found to contain amphetamines with a 2% concentration and a total weight of 43.54g.”
An expert calculated the drugs’ street value at between £215 and £420.
Whitley had committed the offence in breach of a suspended sentence imposed for another charge of intent to supply amphetamines last year.
In November 2007, Warrington Crown Court sentenced him to an 11 month term, suspended for two years, and a four month curfew for a similar offence.
A search warrant was executed at the same home on April 27 last year when police recovered 21 individually wrapped street deals from the fridge. The total weight was 21.5g with a street value of £215. Police also found £1,300 in cash.
Nicholas Williams, defending, said: “The amount is relatively small – this was small scale street level retailing. The purity was 2% - that’s the equivalent of 0.8gs.”
Whitley, who attended court on crutches, has recently had knee surgery which suffered complications and his knee will need to be reconstructed.
Judge Elgan Edwards, the Recorder of Chester, said: “It is a great shame you did not learn your lesson when Warrington Crown Court gave you the option on November 30.
“Here you are again committing an identical offence.”
He activated the suspended sentence of 11 months, and added 12 months – to be served consecutively – for this offence, making a total of 23 months.