A CROWN court judge says there is public concern about cannabis, particularly its effect on young people.
The public looked to the courts to help stamp out its supply and that could only be done by custodial sentences, said Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court.
Leighton Critchley, aged 26, of Cynlas, Kinmel Bay, admitted possessing the class “B” drug with intent to supply and was jailed for 12 months.
Judge Parry told him that he was known to be the source of harmful drugs.
“There is a public concern about cannabis, particularly its effect on young people,” he explained.
The public wanted the supply stopped and looked to the courts to help stamp out its supply.
That could only be done by custodial sentences, he said.
Critchley, the judge said, was “bang at it.”
He had taken a chance and was caught.
It was aggravated by his previous convictions for 33 offences, although he had no previous drug offences.
While he had been urged to impose a suspended sentence, the judge said that Critchley had received three suspended sentences in the past and he had breached them all.
Co-defendant James Newell, aged 24, of Windermere Drive in Prestatyn, admitted that he supplied two work colleagues on a couple of occasions after getting the drug off Critchley.
Newell, who had no previous convictions, received a 12 month prison sentence suspended for 18 months, was ordered to carry out 300 hours unpaid work and pay £350 costs.