‘Naive’ cannabis dealer jailed for 16 weeks

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A Chapel-en-le-Frith man has been jailed after a court heard how he had been supplying cannabis.

James Charles Clemett, 23, of Horderns Road, was given a 16-week prison sentence by High Peak Magistrates’ Court last week for two offences.

He admitted being in possession of 8.1 grams of cannabis, a class B drug, on August 30 with intent to supply, and being concerned in the supply of cannabis between April 14 and August 31.

Magistrate Neil Broadbent told him that not only had he been supplying at least 14 individuals, but that the offences were committed to support his own drug use and to make a profit from it as well.

John Cooper, prosecuting, said police had been searching for a Seat Ibiza on August 30 which was found parked in a car park in Chapel.

Officers spoke to the occupants and, following a search, four re-sealable bags containing cannabis were found, along with a further amount of cannabis, 8.1 grams in total.

He said Clemett’s mobile phone was examined and revealed the defendant was, in conjunction with another person, effectively running a business supplying cannabis.

Mr Cooper said: “The crown puts this matter as street-level drug dealing for profit, a business enterprise entered into by this defendant.

“It is also said his role was not limited but was substantial as he was the senior partner in this enterprise.”

The court heard Clemett, who works full-time, had used cannabis since the age of 15 and described himself as being addicted to it.

Annis Rowlands, defending, said Clemett and his friends knew it was cheaper to buy in larger quantities, which he had done, and then sold it on to them and shared it with them.

“The police place Mr Clemett as what they now term a user/dealer. A person who sells cannabis to others not to make any great financial gain but for their own dependency that has escalated over time from occasional smoking to regular smoking,” she said.

Mrs Rowlands urged magistrates to consider a community order or to suspend any term of imprisonment, and to go along with a suggestion from the probation service that a cannabis drug rehabilitation order be considered.

She said Clemett was naive and like many had not recognised how much more serious it was if you chose to supply cannabis to someone else.

But magistrates disagreed and said only a prison sentence was justified. Clemett must also pay costs and a surcharge totalling £345. An order was made for the seized drugs to be destroyed.