Drug dealer told to expect prison term

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A SCARBOROUGH drug dealer has been told to prepare for a prison sentence after being found guilty of intending to supply a Class A drug.

Adam Smith, 45, had told a jury at York Crown Court he had bought hundreds of tablets, which he believed to be ecstasy, for his own use.

The plant operator, of Scalby Road, told how he had been duped and that the drug he bought was in fact a Class C drug made to look like ecstasy.

He denied three charges of attempting to possess ecstasy with intent, but was found guilty of all the charges by a jury.

The court had previously been told Smith admitted charges of possessing cannabis and amphetamines with intent to supply and to having possession of criminal property - £145 in cash relating to the sale of drugs.

Following the verdicts, Judge Roger Ibbotson said that an immediate prison sentence was almost inevitable and told Smith that, although he was adjourning sentence until March 2, for the preparation of a pre-sentence report, he should not believe any other sentence may be passed.

The court had heard that police searched Smith’s BMW car and found drugs on July 2 last year, with a search of his flat revealing cannabis, amphetamine and 206 of the quasi tablets.

Smith, who told the police that he only dealt the lesser classification of drugs to stop him having to sign on whilst out of work, was bailed.

However, a second and third visit to Smith’s former home in Westbourne Park, on July 14 and 15, revealed more drugs, including a further 225 of the tablets.

Denying a suggestion by Howard Shaw, prosecuting, that he had restocked with the drugs following the first police search, Smith told the court that the officers had been “slap-dash” and had not taken away all his drugs.