A Swansea man who was injured in a road traffic collision has been sentenced for drug dealing after a police officer who attended the incident noticed the smell of cannabis.
Stephen Benjamin Griffiths of Hafod, Swansea, used his bike to deliver the drug to his clients, reports Wales Online.
But he was arrested after he was hurt in a collision involving a motor vehicle on Mumbles Road in Swansea on 23 May last year.
According to a police officer who was going to take a statement from the 51-year-old as he was being treated by paramedics in an ambulance, “a smell of cannabis permeated the vehicle.”
Swansea Crown Court was told by Hannah George, prosecuting, that when Griffiths was asked whether he had any cannabis on him, he said he had around an ounce – around 28 grams – in his rucksack.
They found the drug split up into small bags as well as £145 in cash. Text messages related to drug dealing were found on his phone, while weighing scales and a further small quantity of the drug was discovered at his home.
He admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply, and was sentenced at a hearing last week.
Dan Griffiths, speaking in mitigation, described him as a long-term user of cannabis who had begun dealing the drug for his own supplier and said that “Most of his deliveries were done by bicycle.”
He was sentenced by Judge Christopher Clee QC to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months due to his guilty plea.
The judge ordered him to attend a drugs rehabilitation course and to seek treatment for alcohol dependency, while the £145 has been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the drugs will be destroyed.
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