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Brazen drug dealer jailed for four years

IC Coventry, 11th July 2006

A DRUG dealer who sold cocaine, speed and cannabis from his flat opposite a police station, has been jailed for four years.

Phillip Healey, of Regent Grove, Leamington, was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court after pleading guilty to two charges of supplying cocaine, a class A drug; two of supplying amphetamine, a class B drug; and two of supplying cannabis, a class C drug.

When police raided his home in April they found more than £9,000 of drugs.

Healey, aged 59, had started using cannabis to relieve the pain from rheumatoid arthritis - and progressed to selling it and more serious drugs for profit, the court heard.

Healey, who was on benefits, was not in the flat at the time of the raid but handed himself in to police later that day.

Peter Freeman, defending, said Healey had led an unblemished life and had worked as a carpet fitter until he became riddled with rheumatoid arthritis and began drinking and using cannabis to ease the pain.

He began to have trouble funding his habit and started to deal drugs after his own supplier suggested it.

But in sentencing, Judge Richard Bray said: "He is selling drugs and he has no cocaine habit.

"This is not some druggie round the corner selling some to support his own habit; this man was selling it for profit."

He told Healey: "It is absolutely no excuse that you used cannabis for the relief of pain. You did not use cocaine, but you were selling it.

"Cocaine is not just a social drug; it is a serious, class A drug which causes degradation and, sometimes, death."

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