Man supplied drugs to fund habit

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A 21-year-old started supplying drugs to people he knew to make money to buy cannabis.

Andrew Graham Simmonds, of New Cross Road, Stamford, appeared at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Monday and admitted possessing 4.28 grams of MDMA with intent to supply on February 18 and possessing 11 grams of cannabis with intent to supply on the same date.

Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka told the court how the drugs were found by police at Simmonds’ home address, along with drug paraphernalia including grinders and scales. Phones were also seized and searched, on which messages were found concerning the supply of drugs.

During an initial interview Simmonds admitted to dealing cannabis at ‘a low level’ in order to make some extra money, as well as to fund his own cannabis habit. But he denied knowledge of the MDMA.

Then after another police interview on April 22, Simmonds accepted he had obtained the MDMA for someone who he had heard wanted that particular drug.

Defending, Mrs Merton told the court that Simmonds had cut all ties with those people he had been supplying drugs to. She said: “He has got himself a job at Currys and is beginning to come to terms with the enormous mess he has made of his life.”

Mrs Merton told the court that Simmonds had attained three A-levels and it was his dream to become a primary school teacher. He had done charitable work through schools and was saving up to go to university.

But she added: “He is not going to be able to do that now and that’s a significant punishment to him and it’s devastating news to his family as well.”

Magistrates imposed a 16 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months on each offence to run concurrently. They also ordered him to do 120 hours of unpaid work and pay a victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £85. The drugs will be