A DEALER who was caught with drugs during three police raids within just three months has been jailed.
Police found more than £1,000 of cannabis when they searched Michael Kerr’s home in May last year.
Newcastle Crown Court heard officers found more of the Class B drug when they went back to the house in July and more again in August.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court that as well as the drugs themselves, Kerr had debtors lists, scales, plastic bags and kept text messages on his phone which linked him to dealing.
He said: “There were text messages which were very helpful from a police point of view, batch texts sent out to ten people at a time, requesting payments of money owed by them to the defendant.”
Mr Recorder Richard Wright sentenced Kerr, of The Drive, Usworth, Washington, to nine months behind bars.
The judge said: “Quite incredibly, having been bailed the second time, you were at it again when the police came back in August.
“You have demonstrated here that you are a persistent dealer of a dangerous drug.”
The court heard police found 100g of cannabis, worth around £1,000, along with £515 in cash and a small amount of amphetamine hidden behind a clock when they raided Kerr’s home the first time.
When officers went back in July they found 13g, worth around £130 and 9.5g, worth around £95 during the last raid in August.
Kerr admitted possessing the cannabis with intent to supply and possession of the amphetamine.
Nicholas Lane, defending, said Kerr turned to dealing after he lost his job at Nissan when he failed a medical due to his poor eyesight and that he was a heavy cannabis user himself but is now trying to kick the habit.
Mr Lane said: “He unwisely turned to dealing drugs was a way to make ends meet.
“It perhaps speaks of the sophistication of the offending, the fact he was raided on three occasions, in a very short period of time and the police, without any difficulty, located drugs.”