Honiton man jailed after transporting cannabis to pay debts

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:00 21 April 2017

Exeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exeter crown court

Exeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exeter crown court

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A Honiton drug dealer has been jailed after police intercepted him delivering £2,685 worth of cannabis.

Ryan Gillard, aged 21, of St Paul’s Road, was already on a suspended sentence for cannabis dealing when he was caught transporting a large bag of the drug in Exeter.

Messages on his phone showed he had stopped dealing on his own behalf but was still acting as a courier to pay off drug debts.

Gillard was stopped as he drove his father’s Audi car into Exeter on Honiton Road, close to the Devon and Cornwall police headquarters at Middlemoor.

He was caught seven weeks after he had been let off with a suspended sentence for dealing in cannabis and the dance drug mephedrone.

Gillard, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply, common assault, and breach of a suspended sentence.

He was jailed for a total of 27 months by Recorder Mr Donald Tait at Exeter Crown Court.

He told him: “You were in possession of a significant amount of drugs while you were subject to a suspended sentence for doing exactly the same thing.”

Mr James Taghdissian, prosecuting, said Gillard received a nine-month suspended sentence in January 2016 but broke it the next month by transporting 286 grams of freshly harvested cannabis through Exeter.

He had a baseball bat and balaclava in the boot of his car and there were text messages on his phone which related to cannabis dealing.

He also punched a young woman several times during an unconnected incident in Gandy Street, Exeter, in late January 2016,.

Mr Warren Robinson, defending, said Gillard had stopped selling cannabis after he received the suspended sentence but still owed money to suppliers and agreed to deliver drugs to pay off his debt.

He said the texts showed customers asking for drugs but him replying that he was no longer involved and that they should try elsewhere.

Mr Robinson said Gillard has now settled down with his partner and found honest work as a tyre fitter, which has enabled him to support himself without resorting to crime.

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