Man sold drugs after losing job

A FORKLIFT truck driver switched to selling drugs after losing his job, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

John Voigt started dealing in cannabis in a bid to earn enough money to maintain the lifestyle he had while he was in full-time work.

But Voigt’s time as a drug dealer came to an abrupt end after just two months when police raided his home in Green Lane, Stamford, the court heard on Friday.

Errol Ballentyne, prosecuting, said eight grammes of cannabis was found in a plastic container.

Voigt’s mobile phone was seized and when it was checked police found messages relating to drug dealing.

Mr Ballentyne said: “There were at least nine people over a two-day period who contacted asking if he could supply cannabis.”

Digital scales and a supply of tin foil were found at the house along with four wraps of cocaine, which Voigt said were for his personal use.

Mr Ballentyne said: “He indicated he had lost his job two months previously. He decided that in order to fund his lifestyle he would sell cannabis.”

Voigt, 23, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of cocaine on December 4, 2010. He also admitted supplying cannabis and possession of criminal property.

He was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for a year with 160 hours of unpaid work and a two-month night-time curfew.

Recorder Nicolas Cartwright told him: “You immediately admitted to the police that you had been dealing in cannabis but your impeccable previous character allows me to suspend your sentence.”

Rupert Kent, defending, said Voigt had been a cannabis user since the age of 11 .

He said that after losing his job Voigt had a period when he was without income while attempting to sort out his benefits and decided to sell the drug to earn an income.

Mr Kent said: “He has now cut out his cannabis use entirely.”