Appeal court overturns crown decision and jails drug dealer

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Court of Appeal overrules Portsmouth Crown and jails city drug dealer

Connor Gregory was given a two-year suspended sentence by Portsmouth Crown Court after police searched his flat and found a bag containing £500 cash and cannabis and ecstasy with a street value of more than £1,300.

Beforehand, Gregory was seen smoking cannabis in a park and was detained.

His mobile phone contained messages and call traffic which demonstrated he had supplied dozens of people with drugs in the 10 days before his arrest.

In a police interview, he admitted selling ecstasy and cannabis to people he knew in order to pay off a drugs debt and to earn money to feed his own habit.

He was given a suspended sentence but the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, asked the Court of Appeal to look again at the case – and yesterday it was decided Connor would serve a jail term.

Mr Buckland said: ‘I asked the Court of Appeal to look again at this sentence as it’s clear that Connor Gregory possessed drugs with the intent to supply, and furthermore fought with the police constable who was trying to carry out a lawful arrest. Dealing drugs is a very serious offence which causes misery to everyone whose lives are blighted by them, and people who are caught should expect a custodial sentence.

‘I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has sent a strong message of deterrence.’