New dad who dealt drugs in Plymouth is spared jail
A NEW father has avoided a jail term after admitting dealing skunk cannabis to his friends.
Marcus Hart, appearing at Plymouth Magistrates, admitted possessing 120 grams of class B herbal "skunk" cannabis with intent to supply and possessing 0.02 grams of class A drug N,N-Dimethyltryptamine, also known as DMT.
Prosecutor Angela Furniss said Hart, 19, was seen with two other men in Anstis Street, Stonehouse on July 7 last year.
He fled but officers apprehended him nearby. In his rucksack they found herbal cannabis and a further search of his home revealed two sets of scales, more cannabis and the class A drug. His mobile phone revealed a number of messages requesting drugs.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
Mrs Furniss said Hart, of Mount Gould Road, told police "I'm only doing it as I'm having a baby and need to earn cash to support my family. I've got a girlfriend – I'm trying to keep her. This is the biggest weight I've ever carried. I'm going to college. It was only meant to be a quick thing."
The skunk cannabis was worth £1,205 while the hallucinogenic DMT was worth between £2 and £6.
In mitigation, his lawyer, Stephen Walker said Hart was "very immature" and had felt "significantly burdened by all sorts of things in his life".
Hart told magistrates his baby son was born on January 25 but there had been an infection in his son's umbilical cord which had led to the baby returning to hospital.
Mr Walker said Hart did not appear to fully understand the nature of the medical complications nor the status of his relationship with his girlfriend.
Hart said he had stopped using drugs, adding: "I've realised it's messing with my whole life. I don't want to do wrong anymore."
He also told magistrates he had quit college as he'd "let everyone down".
Chairman of the bench, Mr Curness passed a six month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.
He ordered Hart to undergo a 12 month supervision requirement, attend ten sessions of education and training requirement and complete 80 hours unpaid community work.