A MAN who was caught selling drugs while on a suspended sentence for dealing cannabis has been put behind bars.
In March last year, Liam Husband was given a chance to keep out of trouble after being caught with 10 cannabis deals, worth £20 each, in his car ready to sell.
Eight months later, police pulled him over for drink-driving and caught him with pre-packaged deals of mephedrone worth more than £500 and £360 in cash.
Husband, of Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton, was dealt with by magistrates for the driving offence.
At Newcastle Crown Court the 21-year-old was jailed for a year after admitting possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply.
The court heard Husband had believed mephedrone – also known in street slang as meow, meow and MCat – was legal and had not realised he was breaking the law.
Mephedrone is sold as a white powder which is usually snorted in a similar way to cocaine. It is also found in capsules and pills, or can be dissolved in a liquid.
Judge Jeremy Freedman told him: “I am told you thought it was a legal high, but you are no stranger to the world of drugs.
“If you were going to suggest it was a legal high, you needed to make sure it was before you started dealing in it.
“An aggravating feature is you have dealt drugs before and, on that occasion, you were given a suspended prison sentence.
“You have got involved in the world of alcohol and drugs and then started dealing.
“I’m afraid you have to pay the penalty for that now.”
The judge sentenced Husband to 42 weeks for dealing mephedrone and activated 10 weeks from the suspended sentence.
The court heard Husband, who comes from a supportive family, had been “indulging in alcohol and drugs” with the cash he made from scrap metal dealing.
He has never been to prison before.