Court hears Northampton teenager began dealing cannabis when he was 14 years old

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A teenager from Northampton who admitted dealing cannabis from the age of 14 has narrowly avoided being locked up.

Conor Doble, of Abington, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he admitted supplying and possession of a class B drug.

The court heard a quantity of cannabis was found in the shed of Doble’s family home after officers carried out a raid on July 20 last year.

Lynsey Knott, prosecuting, said Doble was also found in possession of a set of weighing scales and analysis of his mobile phone revealed a number of text messages relating to the purchase of cannabis.

The phone records showed that 30 messages had been sent in a two-minute period by Doble indicating he had cannabis available to purchase.

Ms Knott said Doble had been dealing cannabis from December 2013 to March 2015.

William Falshaw, mitigating, said his client had a “prodigious” cannabis habit so he had contact with drug dealers.

Mr Falshaw said he had then decided to “make some profit” and saw dealing as an “easy way” of getting income at a young age.

The court heard Doble had now reduced his cannabis intake and had been offered a job with a building firm.

Her Honour Judge Adrienne Lucking said she was impressed by the efforts Doble had made since he was arrested.

Judge Lucking said Doble had come very close to being locked up but she decided to give him a youth rehabilitation order.

Doble must complete a 12-month supervision order, including three sessions with CAN.