Cannabis dealers spared jail term

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THREE men caught dealing cannabis from one of their girlfriend’s car have been spared prison.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard police arrested the trio after CCTV operators spotted a fourth man being handed cannabis from the car in Minnitt Road, Gosport.

Driver George Leahy, rear passenger Tyron Prout and front passenger Thomas Sinagoga all admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis, a class B drug.

When officers arrived Prout ‘appeared to be intoxicated’ and ended up rolling about in the gutter.

‘He got upset, saying he had recently come out of Winch, and was rolling about in the gutter, got aggressive with the officers who arrested him,’ prosecutor Russell Pyne said.

When his phone was examined it was revealed messages showed him people owed him cash for the drugs but he was heavily in debt to ‘Nath’.

Officers who searched Prout’s home found more than 100 self-seal plastic bags.

A judge said Prout and Leahy both had ‘significant roles’ dealing drugs for profit but that Sinagoga, who claimed he got into the car not knowing what was to take place, had a lesser role.

Production line worker Leahy, 27, who has no previous convictions, received an eight-month sentence suspended for two years with 15 rehabilitation days and 100 hours unpaid work.

Lifeguard dad-of-one Sinagoga, 22, who had stopped offending since 2012, received a 12-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work.

Dad-of-two Prout, 25, who has 43 offences for 25 convictions, was handed a eight-month term suspended for two years with 20 rehabilitation activity days.

Prout, of Willows Close, Swanmore, and Leahy, of Whitworth Road, Gosport, and Sinagoga, of Tollwood Park, Crowborough, East Sussex, walked free from court.

Prout did not receive unpaid work as he was hit by a car and appeared in the dock with a leg brace and fresh scars on his face.

Opening the case, Mr Pyne said: ‘The car was stopped five minutes later, the defendants in the same position they had been at the time the drug dealing took place.

‘All three men were searched, Leahy, the driver, had a cannabis grinder about his person, £110 and a mobile telephone.

‘When the phone was examined it showed several significant conversations on the same day and the day before.’

His phone showed messages about cannabis from mid-November.

Prout had a 7g bag of cannabis and £110 in cash, with his phone also containing messages about the drug.

Leahy, who was driving his partner’s car and is a heavy cannabis smoker, has since reduced his use, the court heard.