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Burnley cannabis dealer jailed
11:48am Sunday 16th September 2012 in News
A COMMERCIAL cannabis dealer who had a stun gun at his Burnley home has been locked up for two years four months.
The town's crown court was told how Warren Lyons, 39, had text messages on his phone which showed ‘systematic supplying’ of the drug and cannabis was found drying in the cellar at his girlfriend's home.
Police discovered the taser at his house in Fox Street, Burnley, as well as more than £1,000.
Lyons was said to have started selling drugs after his mother died, when he became depressed, began to use drugs and alcohol and fell into debt.
He then turned dealer to pay off the debts and had been a low level cannabis wholesaler as well as supplying street deals.
The defendant admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis, between February and September last year, possessing 73 grams of the drug with intent to supply and possessing a stun gun.
David Macro, prosecuting, said last September 26, police went to a house on Lowerhouse Lane, Burnley, after reports of a possible burglary.
The property smelled strongly of cannabis and as an officer was preparing to go inside, Lyons arrived.
Mr Macro said police found a lot of cannabis hanging up, drying in the cellar, as well as lighting, generators and plant food, but no plants growing.
At his home, police found electronic scales, a cannabis grinder and the cash.
The skunk cannabis found at Lowerhouse Lane was worth about £760 on the streets. Lyons told police he bought the stun gun at a car boot sale. He claimed the £1,000 was to renovate his house.
Mr Macro said the stun gun was found to be broken.
The defendant, who had not offended since 2001 and had no drugs convictions, will face a proceeds of crime hearing on January 18.
Philip Holden, for Lyons, said about six years ago, he had been working in Libya but came home when his mother was ill, to look after her. She passed away, he was unemployed, got depressed and started taking drink and drugs.
Sentencing, Recorder Andrew Long told the defendant: "It's clear that you are a man of many qualities, for whom this course of criminal conduct was entirely out of character."