Market Deeping drug dealer is spared jail

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A man who was caught selling drugs in a Market Deeping park has been spared jailed after keeping out of further trouble.

Sean Allen was arrested in February of last year after police were called to the Cherry Tree Park following reports of men selling drugs.

Lincoln Crown Court heard that an officer arrived to find four men in the park and as she approached them she smelled cannabis.

Three of the men were searched and found to have nothing on them but when she went to search Allen he handed over a small glass jar containing £40 worth of cannabis.

More cannabis was found in a shoulder bag he was carrying and he had £630 cash on him.

Allen was taken to a police station where he was given a full search and bags of cannabis were found inside his boxer shorts. He later admitted to officers that he had been supplying drugs, saying he was selling to pay off debts.

A judge at Lincoln Crown Court deferred sentence on Allen earlier this year, after asking him to prove that he could stay out of trouble and find a job.

Chris Milligan, mitigating, told the same court that Allen had managed keep his nose clean in the last five months.

Mr Milligan said: “There have been no further arrests or charges. He broke his wrist in mid-April but up until then he had been doing casual work with a builder in the locality as a labourer. He hopes to resume that at the end of June.

“He has also cut down his cannabis use to almost nothing.”

Allen (20), of Black Prince Avenue, Market Deeping, admitted four charges of offering to supply drugs between January 26 and February 2, 2015 and a further charge of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Judge Simon Hirst sentenced Allen to eight months imprisonment suspended for two years. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

The judge told him: “You have kept your side of the bargain so I will keep mine.”