Plymouth man who dealt Valium tablets avoids jail term
A MAN caught dealing Valium tablets has avoided a jail sentence.
A judge gave 38-year-old David Inkster a community order after hearing he was tackling his own drug problem.
Inkster, of Warren Street in Stoke, admitted supplying 10 Valium tablets to an unknown person and possessing 190 pills of the Class C drug with intent to supply on January 12.
He also admitted theft of clothes worth £40 from Debenhams and £30 from TK Maxx the same day. Inkster denied possession of a lock knife on the same occasion.
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David Bowen, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told Plymouth Crown Court no evidence was being offered on that charge. Judge Graham Cottle directed a not guilty verdict be recorded.
Mr Bowen said Inkster was found with the drugs after he was arrested for the thefts.
He added 190 tablets with a street value of £190 were found in a tub.
Judge Cottle, after reading a probation report on his background, said he had re-engaged with the Harbour drugs counselling service and was under the care of a community psychiatric nurse.
Judge Cottle told Inkster he could have gone to jail for some of the offences. But he imposed a two-year community order with probation supervision.