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New Forest drug dealer caught out when he bought bags for cannabis
11:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
A DRUG dealer was caught after a shop worker became suspicious about selling him little plastic sealed bags and called the police, Southampton Crown Court heard.
Matthew Parnell, 22, left Staples store in West Quay Retail Village in Southampton before getting inside a Lexus car.
Police officers then carried out a search and found a £10 bag of skunk cannabis and then a bigger bag containing deals worth £840 which he admitted was his.
Examination of his mobile phone found messages asking about buying cannabis, the city’s court heard.
Parnell, of The Orchard, Dibden, pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.
Mark Florida-James, defending, said although his client is now back in his family home he was homeless at the time he was caught dealing and that he needed money.
He said: “Quite simply he was desperate. This is hopefully a young man who will never be in trouble again.”
The court heard how Parnell had no previous convictions.
Judge Susan Evans QC, suspended a nine-month sentence for two years and imposed a supervision order.
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