Telford dealer stashed drugs at home where vulnerable kids lived

By Nick Humphreys | Telford | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

A drug dealer has been handed a suspended jail sentence after being found with a stash of cannabis and knock-off cigarettes at home.

Shrewsbury Crown Court

Police searched the home Neil Price shared with his family in Spring Meadow, Sutton Hill.

They also found items at his stepdaughter's house in nearby Stebbings.

Officers swooped on February 23 last year, uncovering a haul of cannabis worth up to £1,600 and dealing paraphernalia, as well as 7,300 cigarettes and 13kg tobacco, worth a total of £6,700.

Prosecutor John R Oates told Shrewsbury Crown Court: “When interviewed, he admitted he had been supplying cannabis and taking it himself. He said he had been dealing for four months.

"A mobile phone was examined and showed he had been dealing since at least July 7, 2017."

Price pleaded guilty to being concerned with the intent to supply cannabis, possession of goods with the intent to defraud and possession of cannabis.

Simon Parry, defending Price, said: “He was selling to his friends to fund his own use.

"He had a heart attack in February this year. There would be a great impact on the family if he were to go into custody.”

He handed Price a 16-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and put him on a two-month curfew.

Price is next expected before the court for a proceeds of crime hearing on October 4.

Nick Humphreys

By Nick Humphreys
Senior Reporter

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star focusing on Bridgnorth.

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