Drug dealer blames 'failed business' for his crime

Southampton Crown Court

Southampton Crown Court

First published in News

Jailed drug dealer blamed business failure for his crime A Hampshire businessman turned to drugs after his companies failed, a court heard.

Southampton Crown Court heard how Robert Morrison had built up a company in satellite TV warranties before going to Australia where he embarked on an insulation business.

But after the latter failed, he returned to England only to discover his original business, which he had left in other people’s hands, had run down.

Morrison, 57, of Catherine Close, West End, admitted possessing mephodrone with intent to supply and possessing the same drug and cannabis, and was jailed for 20 months.

He also admitted having counterfeit money.

Prosecutor Edward Phillips said Morrison was initially arrested after a police officer saw him hand something to another person near the Bitterne Leisure Centre and when his car was searched, almost £8,000 worth of mephodrone as well as 14 bags of cannabis were recovered.

He was released on bail but five weeks later CCTV in Southampton city centre saw him snorting a substance and police found two further bags of mephodrone, worth almost £2,500, in his car.

A search of his home revealed £480 in dud £20 notes.

Again released on bail, he was arrested a third time six weeks later with a small amount of the same drug.

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5:28am Tue 25 Mar 14

Sammy2sheds says...

What a drongo
What a drongo Sammy2sheds
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6:08am Tue 25 Mar 14

townieboy says...

Typical story..........busin
ess crashes turn too drugs...............
....etc
Typical story..........busin ess crashes turn too drugs............... ....etc townieboy
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7:20am Tue 25 Mar 14

KSO16R says...

Commits a crime, released on bail. Commits more crime, released on bail. Commits more crime. Unbelievable!
Commits a crime, released on bail. Commits more crime, released on bail. Commits more crime. Unbelievable! KSO16R
  • Score: 4

7:21am Tue 25 Mar 14

Zexagon says...

Only caught 3 times? Sounds quite a guy
Only caught 3 times? Sounds quite a guy Zexagon
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7:36am Tue 25 Mar 14

Micle1974 says...

Blah blah blah.
These judges/magistrates are so leanient.
They sound like the sort of people that I would have loved to have as one of those temporary supply teachers at school....
Because they are so gulable and soft
Blah blah blah. These judges/magistrates are so leanient. They sound like the sort of people that I would have loved to have as one of those temporary supply teachers at school.... Because they are so gulable and soft Micle1974
  • Score: -4

11:03am Tue 25 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Micle1974 wrote:
Blah blah blah.
These judges/magistrates are so leanient.
They sound like the sort of people that I would have loved to have as one of those temporary supply teachers at school....
Because they are so gulable and soft
You wouldn't like a long sentence judging by the spelling! You are right the sentences are too lenient. Sad that you think taking advantage of people is right and clever, it isn't really.
[quote][p][bold]Micle1974[/bold] wrote: Blah blah blah. These judges/magistrates are so leanient. They sound like the sort of people that I would have loved to have as one of those temporary supply teachers at school.... Because they are so gulable and soft[/p][/quote]You wouldn't like a long sentence judging by the spelling! You are right the sentences are too lenient. Sad that you think taking advantage of people is right and clever, it isn't really. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 4

8:44pm Tue 25 Mar 14

X Old Bill says...

Try doing a Google search for ' satellite TV warranties' - The words Fraud, Scam, Rip-off will be found all over the page.
Nice honest chap then....
Try doing a Google search for ' satellite TV warranties' - The words Fraud, Scam, Rip-off will be found all over the page. Nice honest chap then.... X Old Bill
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