King's Lynn drug dealer took selfies with stashes of cannabis
A Lynn drug dealer who took selfies with “huge” amounts of cannabis has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work.
Stephen Weeks, 37, initially claimed a stash of 375 grams of cannabis found in his car was for personal use.
He had been pulled over by police in Walton Highway for driving while disqualified, Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday.
Prosecutor Paul Brown said: “The cannabis was worth between £2,797 and £3,730.
“The amount was not consistent with personal use. Police seized his phone and that had deal messages on it.”
Mr Brown added: “Often with dealers they like to take photos of themselves with drugs and piles of money. His phone also shows a large quantity of images of him with huge amounts of cannabis.”
The court was told that Weeks, who pleaded guilty to possession a class B drug with intent to supply, was on a suspended sentence – imposed the day after the cannabis was found, for a separate offence of driving while disqualified.
He had also been given 150 hours’ unpaid work and had almost completed it after “exemplary” compliance.
David Foulkes, mitigating, said Weeks was a heavy user at the time of the offence on May 5 and was also supplying to a “small number “ of contacts.
“He accepts that the evidence against him does not support that it was for his own use,” Mr Foulkes added.
Weeks, of Panton Close, was given six months’ custody, suspended for 18 months, plus the unpaid work order and up to 25 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
He was also ordered to pay £145 costs and £95 victim surcharge and forfeited £65 cash found on him at the time of the stop.
The court was told the driving while disqualified offence had already been dealt with.