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Man caught with £265k of cannabis tells police “I was going to smoke the lot”

 

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A man caught with more than 26 kilos of cannabis told police: “I was going to smoke the lot”.

Scot Riley, 33, made the claim when officers discovered the £265,000 haul at his brother Kevin Riley’s flat in Carlake Grove, Walton .

Liverpool Crown Court heard how the vacuum-packed bags were found lying amid children’s toys on October 22 last year.

Police arrested Scot and Kevin, 27, plus their friend Lee Dickson, 32, when they raided the home at around 11.45am.

Scot told police that he was just an “occasional social user” of cannabis and nothing incriminating would be on their phones.

His and Dickson’s fingerprints were found on digital scales and their DNA was on a yellow glove bearing cannabis. No DNA match was made for Kevin.

Scot confessed he had been approached by an acquaintance to store cannabis in exchange for £2,000.

Kevin Riley, 27, of Bulford Road, Walton, jailed for 20 months for possession with intent to supply up to £265,000 of cannabis

He arranged to meet the dealer at his brother’s home but said a far greater quantity was delivered than he expected.

The defendants admitted possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Kevin pleaded guilty on the basis his brother offered him cash to store the drugs at his flat “for a couple of hours”, while Dickson said he helped move the bags inside.

Scot, of Bulford Road, Walton, has numerous convictions for possessing cannabis.

Kate Morley, defending, said cannabis had been a problem for him since his mid-20s.

She said: “He didn’t start smoking it as a teen. He was a promising footballer with the ambition of making a career out of it. Unfortunately that didn’t work out.”

Ms Morley said Scot lived at home with his mum, for whom he is a registered carer, and wanted to make some money for Christmas.

She said: “He took the risk that others higher in the chain would never do – he got his hands dirty.”

Forklift truck driver Kevin, of Bulford Road, Walton, has no previous convictions.

His barrister Neil Howard said: “Some of the drugs appear to be on children’s toys.

“Kevin Riley wishes to make it clear his partner was out that day. She and his child were not to come back until those items were collected.”

He said Kevin’s girlfriend was arrested when she returned home with their two-year-old son.

Lee Dickson, 32, of Fairfax Road, Walton, jailed for 16 months for possession with intent to supply up to £265,000 of cannabis

Mr Howard said: “The investigation against her only ended a week ago. He accepts he has put her through a horrendous ordeal. He is extremely remorseful.”

Dickson, of Fairfax Road, Walton, has a previous conviction for dealing cannabis in 2004.

Carmel Wilde, defending, said the incident was a “wake-up call” for the painter and decorator.

She said: “He had everything to lose through his stupidity in involving himself in this offence, given he is now a father with a 17-month-old baby.”

Judge Robert Warnock said: “I’m satisfied each of you found yourself involved in a degree of drug handling that was beyond your expectation.

“The fact is you haven’t just put yourself in custody, you have also caused considerable distress and upset to your family, extended family and where relevant young children.”

The judge sentenced Kevin to 20 months and Dickson to 16 months behind bars. Scot grinned in the dock as he was jailed for two years.

Man caught with £265k of cannabis tells police “I was going to smoke the lot”
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