Plymouth man caught dealing drugs jailed for 6 months
A HEAVY drinker caught dealing drugs has been jailed for six months.
Lee Howell, 43, was found with cannabis divided into 'deals' by police who raided his home, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Howell, of Granby Street, Devonport, was jailed for six months.
He admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of Valium at his former address on May 13.
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Recorder Paul Derbyshire said he had his "own little business" selling drugs.
He added: "You may have been selling to fund your own habit but without people like you the chain of suppliers will not work."
Alistair Verheijen, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police searched a property in St Aubyn Road, Devonport.
He added officers found a bong, scales, zip lock bags typically used by dealers and cannabis divided into deals.
Mr Verheijen said messages concerning drug dealing were found on Howell's mobile phone.
The court heard Howell had previous convictions for drug possession and being concerned in the production of cannabis.
Ali Rafati, for Howell, said most of the messages on the phone related to the purchase of drugs rather than their supply.
He added: "He is currently drinking vast amounts of alcohol on a daily basis. He has been able to give instructions, but it is impossible to ignore the smell of alcohol upon him."
Mr Rafati urged the judge to give Howell a suspended prison sentence so he could tackle his problems with the help of probation.
But Recorder Derbyshire said Howell should have "known the score" when it came to dealing drugs.
He told him: "The time has come for you to clear your slate."