A DRUG dealer has been caught with nearly £8,000 worth of illegal substances during a search raid on a house in Burton.
The haul of cannabis and mephedrone belonged to Steve Canavan, a street dealer selling drugs to pay off debts, Stafford Crown Court heard yesterday.
Also recovered from the property in Cambridge Street were scales, cling film and a mobile phone containing text messages about buying and selling drugs.
Canavan, 22, of Cambridge Street, was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for 18 months. He admitted six charges of possessing cannabis with intent to supply, three of possessing mephedrone with intent and two of being concerned in the supply of drugs.
Canavan, who has spent two months on remand, also admitted separate offences of using threatening behaviour and two of common assault.
Paul Farrow, prosecuting, said the assaults were on the defendant’s former partner Ashlee Wood and her friend Natalie Sutton. They happened in Ms Wood’s home in St Luke’s Road where Canavan bit her on the cheek. He also grabbed Ms Sutton round the throat.
In a separate incident, police in Station Street saw Canavan arguing with a woman and then push her against a window. She declined to make a complaint.
Judge Michael Challinor told Canavan: “I have to sentence you for a variety of offences and you couldn’t complain if I sent you back to prison.”
Mr Farrow said Canavan was asleep on the sofa when police executed their search warrant on March 9. He was asked if he had any drugs and he gave officers a key to a safe. Inside were bags of cannabis and mephedrone ready for sale, with a street value totalling £7,800.
When questioned, Canavan said he was going to sell the majority of the drugs. He and his partner had got in to money trouble following the birth of their child and bailiffs had been round to the house.
Adrian Harris, defending, said Canavan had been selling drugs to pay off debts. He pleaded guilty to all the offences straight away.