Man sentenced to 3½ years for supplying friends cannabis and ecstasy
A 26-YEAR-OLD man who admitted supplying ecstasy tablets and cannabis with a street value of more than £22,000 to his friends has been jailed for 3½ years.
Jack Taylor was told by the Bailiff that at his age he ‘should have known better’ and that he should use his time in custody to reflect on the damage that drugs can cause to society.
The Royal Court’s Superior Number, which only convenes for the most serious cases, heard Taylor’s offending came to light after his home was raided following the arrest of another man.
During the search of the property on St Clement’s Road, officers found small pieces of cannabis, electronic scales, a small wrap containing white powder and a locked cash tin with a ‘substantial quantity’ of cannabis resin and money inside.
The court heard Taylor was co-operative with police and admitted supplying his friends on a social basis with cannabis and ecstasy. He also provided his phone unlocking code, enabling officers to access his mobile and find evidence of drug-related activity within his text messages.
Taylor pleaded guilty to supplying 16 MDMA tablets – also known as ecstasy – and supplying 1.5kg of cannabis with street values of £320 and £22,500 respectively. He further admitted possessing £11,100 worth of cannabis with intent to supply. And he admitted possessing MDMA and cannabis for his personal use.
Crown Advocate Conrad Yates said: ‘The drug expert concludes that the quantity of cannabis seized and messaging – together with the defendant’s admissions – suggest he was involved in the supply of cannabis at the middle-market range of the scale and that in relation to MDMA he was operating at a lower level, with indications that both the defendant and his associates used MDMA for recreational purposes.’
Advocate Michael Haines, defending, said that with regards to the most serious count, the supply of MDMA, his client had supplied a ‘very small quantity of pills’ and urged the court to impose a 12-month probation order.
‘The defendant is ready and available to take that challenge,’ Advocate Haines said. ‘He has a set of foundations on which to succeed. He has available accommodation with family, the offer of full-time employment and the necessary fortitude and character to succeed.’
Delivering the court’s sentence, the Bailiff, Sir William Bailhache, said that as there was an ‘overall course of conduct of drug trafficking in different drugs’ the threshold for a custodial sentence had been passed.
He added: ‘Drug dealing causes damage to people in this Island. Drugs sentencing under the drug law is there to recognise that. At your age you should have known better. You have time to think further about that [while in custody].’
Jurats Anthony Olsen, Charles Blampied, Rozanne Thomas, Pamela Pitman, Robert Christensen and Elizabeth Dulake were sitting.