Jail threat over drug dealing

A JUDGE told a Spalding teenager to prepare for custody after he admitted selling cannabis to his friends.

Chad Hill (19) pleaded guilty to possessing 35 grams of cannabis resin with intent to supply others when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court.

The court heard Hill, of Bowditch Road, Spalding, turned to low level street dealing after losing his job in December last year.

Hill also admitted possessing a small amount of cannabis bush and two charges of possessing criminal property relating to a moped and tools.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said the value of the cannabis resin found by police on January 12 was estimated at just under £97.

“It is accepted he played a significant role by seeking a financial gain from dealing in a Class B drug,” Mr Scott added.

Sunil Khanna, defending, told the court Hill had no previous convictions and requested a report from the probation service before he is sentenced.

Mr Khanna admitted: “When he lost his job in December he did supply cannabis to a small circle of friends until January.”

Recorder Stuart Sprawson granted Hill bail for the preparation of a probation report but warned him to expect a custodial sentence.

“You now accept that you were dealing between December and January 12 and that you did so with some view to a small financial gain,” Recorder Sprawson said.

“You were involved in street dealing, you will have to face reality, it is certainly possible you will get an immediate prison sentence.”

Hill will be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on October 4. He was given 28 days to pay back his criminal benefit of £96.92.