Topsham cannabis dealer sniffed out by police

PUBLISHED: 13:09 31 May 2018

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.

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A cannabis dealer from Topsham was caught out by the strong smell of skunk in his car when he was pulled over for a routine stop by the police.

Kelvin Woodward was found with £324 worth of cannabis and £925 cash after police stopped him for driving erratically in a residential street.

A dealers list and other incriminating documents were found when police searched his flat in Topsham.

Woodward, aged 34, of Fore Street, Topsham, admitted possession of a class B drug with intent to supply. He was jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years and ordered to pay £240 costs and carry out 150 hours unpaid community work by Judge Timothy Rose at Exeter Crown Court.

The judge told him: “Some people have certain views about cannabis but it has been shown repeatedly to be a highly damaging substance, particularly when used by those with mental health issues.”

Mr Gareth Evans, prosecuting, said police stopped Woodward’s car in Prince Charles Road, Exeter, on September 21 last year and smelled cannabis inside the vehicle.

He dropped a golf ball sized lump of drugs as he was being searched and in total he had 46 grams in wraps, or tins in his car or at his home, with a total value of £324.

He had £825 cash on him and another £100 at his home and there were dealers lists, one of which mentioned ‘half a box’ which is slang for half a kilo of cannabis.

There were texts on his phone dating back three months which showed he had been dealing.

Miss Emily Pitts, defending, said Woodward had been dealing to finance his own £40 a day habit but his arrest acted as a wake up call and he has stopped taking drugs.

He has found work and is hoping his girlfriend will soon move into his flat and help pay a share of his rent.


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