A ‘devoted dad’ became a drug dealer after his cannabis use spiralled, a court heard.
Liam Rose, 30, who previously worked in a call centre, started dealing to fund his own habit.
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After officers smelt cannabis they searched the car, where Rose had been a passenger.
Police seized 10 wraps of cannabis worth up to £240, and a claw hammer in the driver’s seat.
Cash totalling £670.50 was also found, as well as mobile phones.
After being arrested in October last year, Rose told police he used cannabis and that he had withdrawn the cash previously for birthday presents.
Officers examined the mobile phones and found texts which corresponded with drug dealing.
Some texts ‘complained about the quality of the drugs’, prosecutor Andrew Mackintosh told Manchester Crown Court.
Rose said the hammer had been part of a tool box.
He later pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply, and having an offensive weapon.
“The defendant recognises he was a very foolish man,” Rose’s barrister Mark Friend said.
“He was in a position during the course of a difficult period, he was using more cannabis than was good for him, not that any is good.
“The rest is history. He wasn’t a prodigious dealer of cannabis.
“He tried to embark upon a venture that he clearly wasn’t fitted to.”
Mr Friend described Rose as a ‘hard working, industrious man’, who had lost his job in a call centre due to the coronavirus, and is now helping a friend who works in tiling.
Referencing his cannabis use, the barrister said of Rose: “He is very keen to ensure his current reduction becomes abstinence.
“He is in reality very unlikely to be a defendant who will again darken the door of the court.”
The judge, Recorder Sarah Johnston told Rose.”It is plain from at least July of last year until your arrest on October 4…you were involved in street dealing and the supplying of cannabis.
“You having been a cannabis user for some time yourself must recognise the harm the supply of cannabis causes to members of the community, it is a serious set of circumstances.
“You are a devoted father to your daughter, who you have let down by the commission of these offences.”
Rose, of Moorside, Rochdale, was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to complete 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days, and 150 hours unpaid work.