‘Last chance’ for Sunderland drug dealer

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A DRUG dealer has been given his “last chance” by a judge after being caught with cannabis for a second time.

Reece Wardle, 22, was discovered with £300 worth of cannabis when his Sunderland home was searched by police on May 10 this year.

When interviewed by police, he told officers he would buy £100 worth of cannabis, using half for personal use and dealing the rest.

Bridie Smurthwaite, prosecuting, said: “Officers attended the defendant’s address and in his bedroom found 35 individual bags of cannabis and a case with small plastic bags and a set of scales.

“The street value of the drugs is £300.

“He said that he would regularly buy half an ounce of cannabis for £100, keep half himself and sell half on for profit.

“He would sell the cannabis in five and 10 pound deals.”

At the time of his arrest, Wardle, of Palgrove Road, Pennywell, was subject to a suspended sentence after he was arrested for stealing copper piping from St Joseph’s school in Sunderland.

“He was found to be in possession of a small amount of cannabis on arrest. After his latest offence, Wardle pleaded guilty to possessing a class B controlled drug with intent to supply.

He was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Sentencing him at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Christopher Prince said: “You’re edging ever closer to having yourself receive a custodial sentence.

“This is going to be your last chance.”