Judge tells Northamptonshire drug dealer he won't go to prison if he stays off cannabis for six months

A judge at Northampton Crown Court has told a drug dealer he will not sell him to prison if he manages to break his cannabis addiction in the next six months.

Saturday, 30th July 2016, 6:05 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:57 pm
Northampton Crown Court

Reece Ottaway, aged 21, of Fountains Close, Daventry, appeared in court after he admitted possessing cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis.

The court heard Ottaway was in a car stopped by police in Daventry on September 5 last year because officers smelt cannabis.

Lynsey Knott, prosecuting, said Ottaway tried to “barge past” the officers but he was arrested and detained.

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A search of the vehicle revealed a large quantity of cannabis, worth an estimated £369. Officers also found a quantity of cocaine and ecstasy.

Ms Knott said officers also found a number of mobile phones, dealer lists and weighing scales.

Ottaway said the some of the cannabis was for his own use but admitted a charge of dealing class B drugs.

Police also carried out a raid on a property in Daventry on December 8 this year and found a large amount of cannabis, with an estimated street value of £1,000.

After hearing that Ottaway had a new job, Hiss Honour Judge Rupert Mayo decided to defer sentencing Ottaway until January 30 next year.

Judge Mayo said: “I want you to come back as an ex-drug dealer. I want you to stay out of trouble and abstain from cannabis.

“If you abstain from cannabis you will get a community penalty, if you don’t you will get a term in custody.”