Barrow man who sold drugs from ‘bizarre’ shop sentenced
Last updated at 16:24, Thursday, 05 September 2013
A LEGAL high dealer in a “bizarre” pet shop has appeared in court charged with possession with intent to supply banned drugs.
A barrister described Barrow’s Living World as “a bizarre set-up”, where you could buy a scorpion right next to legal highs.
Barrow Crown Court heard yesterday how police raided the Duke Street shop and seized packets of white powder on February 9 with a street value of £350.
After analysis some were found to contain the banned substance mephedrone, known as MCAT.
Karl Crawford, 38, of Dalkeith Street, Barrow, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.
Prosecutor Mr David Traynor told the court: “When they executed their warrant they found white powder called B2 on the shelves and 13 packets of unlabelled bags of white powder in an iPhone box. Once it was analysed police returned to the shop and told him they had found illegal drugs.
“In his defence he said he had bought them in bulk off his supplier. He had no idea he was doing anything illegal.’’
Defence barrister James Heyworth said: “It’s a very bizarre set-up in the shop. You can buy a scorpion right next to exotically named legal highs.
“He has a realisation that he has let himself down significantly.
“He has had a decade away from crime. He was in Scotland working as a professional cleaner but came back to Barrow and started working in the shop. He knows he must remove himself from such things.
“He is getting near middle age and doesn't want anything more to do with drugs or drug paraphernalia.”
Sentencing Crawford to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, Judge Beverly Lunt said: “You had a bad start in life with drug selling and drug use but you need to understand the risks involved in selling legal highs. You simply don’t know what is in them.’’
Superintendent Mark Pannone said: “This conviction of this supplier of so called legal highs demonstrates that courts will punish those who sell drugs. The concern for young people who misuse these substances is they risk criminalisation as well as the serious health risks.”
First published at 16:14, Thursday, 05 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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It's disgusting that a licensed pet shop which by its nature encourages young people into the premises can be allowed to sell these drugs. The licence holder should be made to explain themselves to the relevant licensing authority.