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Telford cannabis pair are sentenced

Donnington | Crime | Published:

A Telford man had been jailed and another given a suspended sentence for dealing cannabis.

Leon Esimi, 23, of Park Road, Donnington, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis and was jailed for six months.

He was told that an 18-month suspended sentence imposed for a similar offence in 2015 would be activated. He will serve half the two years in prison before being released on licence.

Joshua Johnson, 20, of New Road, Wrockwardine Wood, Telford, admitted the supply of cannabis and being in possession of cannabis, and was given a six-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.

A Shrewsbury Crown Court, Judge Anthony Lowe criticised a two-year delay in bringing the case to court, saying that for whatever reason it was totally unacceptable.

Mr Jonathon Dickinson, prosecuting, said the men were arrested in April 2016 after police followed a car from the Ketley Brook roundabout and found it in Ketley.

“They noticed two men walking over a footbridge then turn round and walk back towards the car,” he said.

The men were challenged and inside the car police found a bag containing six bags of ‘skunk’ cannabis with a total street value of up to £110.

A phone taken from Johnson had text messages relating to drugs between the two defendants.

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“They were both involved in street dealing,” Mr Dickinson said.

Miss Hannah Croft for Johnson, said that in 2016 her client had been using up to £150 of cannabis a week.

He got into substantial debt to those he bought the cannabis from and it was suggested that he could repay those debts by selling cannabis on. She said he had received threats from those he owed.

In the last two years Johnson had dealt with his drug habit and had found himself work and was also training for a profession, she said.

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Miss Debra White for Esimi, said her client had had to wait for 19 months from being arrested by police to being summoned to court.

She said in that time he had to live with the worry hanging over his head and without a passport.

“He is studying and he also helps his mother, a single parent, look after his younger siblings,” she said.

Judge Lowe told Esimi that he would have been told when he was given a suspended sentence that if he re-offended that sentence would be invoked.

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