Cannabis-dealing Ipswich teenager and drug-driver to face crown court sentencing

Cannabis dealer awaiting sentence

Cannabis dealer awaiting sentence - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich teenager is facing a crown court sentencing after admitting dealing cannabis and drug driving.

Tommy Lander, of Homer Close, pleaded guilty to three offences when he appeared before the town’s magistrates.

The pleas also put the 19-year-old in breach of a 12-month conditional discharge he was given last July for taking a vehicle without consent.

Prosecutor Ian Devine said Lander was stopped by police in West End Road, Ipswich, while riding a black Honda moped on February 24.

When asked if he had anything on him Lander indicated he had cannabis in his shoulder bag.

The court heard an officer found five deal-size bags of the Class B drug in the bag. Lander also told police he had a further wrap in his pocket which he handed over.

Mr Devine said Lander told police the £40 he had on him was his, as “I sell weed”.

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As he was riding a moped he was drug tested which proved positive.

Magistrates heard Lander’s blood sample showed he had seven microgrammes of cannabis per litre of blood. The legal limit is two microgrammes.

Lander’s phone was seized and there were a large volume of messages on it, a number of which related to the supply of cannabis.

A search of his bedroom at his home address yielded scales, deal bags, and more cannabis.

The court was told the total amount of the Class B drug recovered came to more than 144 grammes with a street value of anywhere between £760 and £1,560.

Mr Devine said: “In my submission this is effectively street dealing. He’s not selling it for the love of selling cannabis. He’s selling it for cash.”

Lander pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply, possession of criminal property and drug-driving.

Dino Barricella, mitigating, said of Lander: “He presents himself as a fairly immature young man who got involved in this incident.

“He was at a low point. He had no money. He had no job. He was approached by another. It’s fair to say he’s acted under instruction in relation to these drugs.”

Mr Barricella argued the sentencing could be dealt with at the magistrates’ court.

However, magistrates sent the matter to Ipswich Crown Court and ordered a pre-sentence report be compiled.