A DROITWICH man who was found to be dealing drugs to school-age children has avoided jail.
Christopher Moule, of Farriers Corner, appeared at Worcester Crown Court yesterday for sentencing following an arrest for possession with intent to supply cannabis on March 13 last year.
That happened on Bays Meadow following a short pursuit by officers during which he discarded drugs out of the window of his vehicle.
Eight small bags of cannabis and four larger bags of the drug which were recovered by officers.
The substances had an estimated street value of £180.
Moule also had £169.93 in cash on him.
Police had carried out an investigation into Moule’s activities after receiving information that he was providing ‘drugs delivery service’ to customers in Droitwich.
Despite denying it to officers, evidence was found that Moule had been dealing to children – he was witnessed having contact with children aged between 13 and 16 and drugs were discussed and offered for sale.
He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis on January 2 and the case was sent to Worcester Crown Court for sentencing.
Yesterday Moule was given 20 months in prison, suspended 18 months, a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, a curfew requiring him to be indoors between 7pm to 7am daily and court costs of £340.
PC Rees from the Droitwich Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Peoples attitude towards cannabis use varies, but targeting dealers especially those willing to deal to children is a priority for us.
“Mr Moule was very lucky to escape an immediate prison sentence in this instance.
“Hopefully this will be a warning to him.”