Jail for man who dealt cannabis from his bedroom in Burnley

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

A CANNABIS user who supplied the drug from his bedroom was jailed for eight months at Burnley Crown Court.

Ryan Leaver (23) had told Judge Beverly Lunt his Jobseekers’ Allowance did not stretch to him buying drugs so he had to start selling them.

The hearing was told at the time he spent his life in the room in Waterbarn Street, Burnley, with his friends, smoking cannabis and playing computer games or watching television. He had no family support and had left school without any qualifications.

Leaver admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply after police found 27 grams of cannabis, worth £270, during a raid.

Jailing him, Judge Lunt said: “The answer is quite simple. You stop using cannabis. You do not become a drug dealer. You made the calculated decision to deal in cannabis.”

Miss Sarah Statham (prosecuting) said Leaver told police the drugs were his and claimed the bags were because he bought in bulk so he could ration the cannabis out for himself.

He said police would not find any drug-related messages on his phone but some were recovered and showed he was dealing to friends and associates, mainly in £20 bags.

Mr Adam Watkins (defending) said Leaver had had a lack of familial support and supervision. He had left school unqualified and had drifted into cannabis use almost daily.

“Sadly, cannabis became a part of his social interaction,” said Mr Watkins. “It was an unsophisticated operation.

“This was small scale, it was him from his bedroom for profit, but to a relatively limited circle. He has stopped the use of cannabis, which was for him a habit, rather than an addiction.”