Jail for Weston drug dealers

15/01/2014

Four drug dealers from North Somerset have today been sentenced at Bristol Crown Court after being found guilty of being concerned in a conspiracy to supply and for supplying cannabis.

Anthony Cason, 31, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 28 months in custody for his part in a group supplying cannabis. Carl Myers, 29, from Weston-super-Mare, was given a six month custodial sentence for conspiracy and 12 months for the production of class B drugs to run consecutively.

CPS Crown Advocate Richard Posner said: "Antony Cason and Carl Myers were brazen in their efforts to make money from selling cannabis. Having discussed this case with investigating officers it became apparent to me that Anthony Cason had made significant efforts to bring cannabis into the Bournville estate, where he and his sister ensured there was a ready supply for those who wished to use it.

"Drugs do not only impact on those who use them but on the communities in which those selling and using them live. Prosecuting those who deal in cannabis is as much about trying to stem the anti-social behaviour that blights those neighbourhoods affected by it as it is in seeking to control those who aim to make money from dealing. Working with Avon and Somerset police, the CPS will always prosecute where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so."

In February last year, Myers and Cason were stopped by the local police beat team while driving in Weston-super-Mare.They were seen to drop items on the floor and kick them under the car. the items were retreived and discovered to be two bags of cannabis each weighing 27 grams, with an estimated street value of £530.

Two blocks of cannabis resin, weighing half a kilo and with a street value of £5,000, were also found when officers searched the car and Cason was found to be in possession of £436 in cash.

During a search of Myers' home, officers found further cannabis plants worth around £10,000 in street value.

The investigation also revealed the involvement of Cason's sister, Rachel Shaw, 40 and Dean Cowell, 28, also both from Weston in the supply chain. Shaw received a 12 month custodial sentence suspended for two years for supplying drugs. She has to adhere to a curfew for six months between 8pm and 8am. Cowell was handed a four month custodial sentence, suspended for a year and 200 hours of community service for conspiracy to supply drugs.

All four defendants are also subject to a five-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order which bans them from using unregistered mobile phones.