A DRUG dealer has been jailed after he was caught red-handed during a police raid at his Chester home.
Gareth Toy was attempting to flee through the back door carrying 15 plastic bags of cannabis but officers stopped him during the raid at his home in Pine Grove, Hoole, on July 19, Chester Crown Court heard yesterday.
After his arrest Toy, a father, told police the drugs had been for his own use but he admitted possession with intent to supply a class B drug before the court.
A police search of Toy’s address recovered a mobile phone with information relating to drug dealing activity, and a number of plastic bags on the worktop, Simon Parry, prosecuting, said.
Toy, 30, who has previous convictions for drugs supply, said he was sorry for the offences.
In a pre-sentence report read to the court, Toy said he had used cannabis for up to eight years prior to this offence and had been depressed as a result.
Claire Jones, defending, said Toy had recently secured a job as a car valeter with Evans Halshaw and was hoping to gain promotion. Toy had begun to turn his life around she said.
Pleading against a jail sentence, Ms Jones said: “Mr Toy at the time of this offence was in the throes of addiction. He went from using cannabis to selling.
“He has since made changes and said since he has stopped using cannabis he realises there is so much more to life.”
Sentencing Toy to a year in prison, the Recorder of Chester, Judge Elgan Edwards, told him: “You have been given chances in the past by the courts. I cannot ignore that this is your second conviction for a similar offence.
“The time for leniency is at an end. You should have learned your lesson.”