Cannabis dealer jailed - Dunstable

22/02/2013

When cannabis dealer Marcus Brown stood in the dock to be sentenced he was almost given an extra term for contempt of court by refusing to look at the Judge. Brown, 25 was sent down to the cells for an hour because of his apparent disrespect for Judge Philip Bartle QC on Friday, 22 February 2013.

But when he returned, his barrister, Sarah Goudarzi said: "He genuinely apologises for his actions, he was in fact crying at the time and trying to look away from his family in the public gallery."

Brown, of Hilltop Court, Luton had pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to possessing cannabis with intent to supply on 15 August last year. He was jailed for two years.

Beverley Cripps prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Brown had been in the Southwood Road area of Dunstable where police were patrolling because of a spate of burglaries.

When officers tried to speak to him he ran off and dumped a distinctive orange ruck sack he was carrying. He was caught and the ruck sack retrieved, which was found to contain skunk cannabis worth almost £1,400 and scales.

The prosecutor said that at the time Brown was on parole licence from a six and a half year sentence for dealing Class A drugs and robbery.

Miss Goudarzi said: "He is labouring under a cannabis addiction costing him £60 a day, but was only dealing to a small social circle of friends at mates rates, making little financial advantage. He is not a street dealer per se."

Judge Bartle said he accepted Brown was not street dealing. But he said: "The aggravating feature in this case is that you were on licence and you have a history of serious drug dealing."

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