A CYCLING cannabis dealer narrowly escaped custody after a judge agreed to give him a last chance.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Nathan Reece was spotted by police dealing drugs from his BMX bike in Windermere Road, Leigh on January 11.
He was found to have 13 wraps of cannabis and when his home was searched they found four slabs of the drug each weighing 200g, formerly known as “nine ounce bars.”
Sentencing the 19-year-old, the judge, Recorder Neil Flewitt, QC, said that the drugs had a street value of £4,000 and he had been supplying cannabis for six months.
He said that it might be, as Reece claimed, that his customers were friends or acquaintances but there were more than three or four than Reece maintained.
“You were clearly motivated by financial benefit. It seems you were setting out on a career in drug dealing when it was brought to an abrupt halt by your arrest,” said Recorder Flewitt.
“I am giving you a chance to put your drug dealing behind you,” he said, explaining that was because he had no previous similar convictions.
He sentenced him to nine months’ detention suspended for two years and imposed an electronically monitored six-month curfew between 7pm and 5am.
“That is meant to be onerous and reduce your opportunities for committing crime,” he said.
Reece, of Fell Street, Leigh, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent and possessing the drug.
His barrister, Philip Martin, said that hopefully Reece, who is now in employment, would realise that the drug life stye was not worth the risk. He had pleaded guilty as “to put it colloquially ‘he was at it,’” said Mr Martin.