Drug dealer caught with cocaine three times has sentence cut at appeal

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A DRUG dealer caught with cocaine three times has had his prison sentence slashed at the Court of Appeal.

Neil Stubbs, 49, of Elemore Lane, Easington Lane, was jailed for six years in February after admitting possession with intent to supply.

But on Friday, Justice Rafferty, Justice Kenneth Parker and Judge William Davis cut the sentence to four and ahalf years.

In May last year, police raided Stubbs’ home and found seven grams of cocaine. There was also £750 cash and a baseball bat, axe and meat cleaver.

He was arrested and bailed, but when police returned in September, they found a small quantity of cocaine.

He was bailed yet again, but police returned a month later and that time discovered a haul of almost 100 grammes of cocaine.

However, Judge Davis said Stubbs had an extensive criminal background, but had not been in trouble since 2001.

He also said Stubbs was entitled to a discount for pleading guilty, and the original sentence was “manifestly excessive.”