Two Greater Manchester men have been jailed for selling cannabis at a Prestatyn holiday camp.
Paul Almond from Stockport and Bobby O’Reilly from Didsbury were caught with resin, cash and mobile phones at Pontins. Staff at the camp became suspicious after a man fell ill when he took ecstasy during a dance festival last May.
O’Reilly (24) admitted he made £1200 in profit after selling cannabis all weekend and gave some to friends for free, having been a heavy personal user.
Almond (22) had denied selling drugs or having the phones when he was interviewed – but text messages requesting cannabis were later found. Both men’s DNA was also traced to the knot of a plastic bag.
Almond’s defence said he had seen an opportunity to make money when he went to the dance festival and had went along with the plan, but learnt his lesson – he had been due to become a registered carer for his uncle and there was a low risk of reoffending.
O’Reilly’s barrister accepted he had been ”foolish” – but explained he had been looking to make a better future for himself, having been in care since he was three years old. He was also taking a plumbing course.
Judge Rhys Rowlands at Mold Crown Court told the men that those who sold drugs were very likely to go to jail when they were caught. He added that O’Reilly felt cannabis should not be illegal and did not believe he had done anything wrong – but warned he could not pick and choose which laws to obey.
O’Reilly was sentenced to nine months in prison while Almond was jailed for eight months.
Source: Rhyl Journal