A young man who supplied both cocaine and cannabis has escaped a prison sentence.
The judge, Mr Recorder Jeremy Jenkins, told Gareth Cook (22) that some would see his suspended sentence for supplying class “A” drugs as a very light sentence.
But he said that it would be the best thing for the defendant and society in the long term.
Cook of Y Gorlan, Rhyl, was given a 12 month intensive community order, as an alternative to custody, with supervision and a low level drug rehabilitation course, together with 250 hours unpaid work.
“Consider yourself very lucky,” the judge told him.
Cook admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine, a class “A” drug, supplying cannabis, a class “B” drug, and possessing cannabis for his own use on the basis that it was to a small circle of friends.
But he admitted that it was on a commercial basis.
The judge said that he was only 22, he had an excellent work record and no previous convictions.
He had not had an easy life, had to deal with domestic upheavals and was now the carer for his disabled mother who would have considerable difficulties in her day to day life without him.
Mold Crown court heard how the police executed a search warrant at his home in November of last year and found drugs and paraphernalia together with £600 cash.
It was an “Aladdin’s Cave” of items which enabled him to supply drugs, the judge said.
“One the one hand, every single fibre in my body says I should send you into custody,” he said.
On the other, he had a very persuasive pre-sentence report and had listened to submissions from Brian Treadwell, defending, which militated against that.
The community order would help nip any addiction or work in the drugs trade in the future in the bud.
Phillip Clemo, prosecuting, said that following the search of his home the defendant’s telephone was examined and text messages with blatant references to drug dealing were found.
Mr Treadwell said that his client pleaded guilty on a basis that he only supplied to a small circle of friends.
He had no previous convictions, testimonials showed the other side of him, he had the offer of work again and he had taken on much family responsibility at a young age, and was the carer for his disabled mother.