Exmouth man given suspended sentence for selling cannabis

PUBLISHED: 15:16 25 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:16 25 November 2016

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.


A holiday park worker who took up drug dealing during the closed season was caught when police were called to a domestic dispute at his home.

Officers who attended the call out in Exmouth sorted out the argument but found £7,900 worth of cannabis and £3,022 cash.

Arron Elms, 31, also had a stream of incriminating messages on his mobile phone which showed him selling cannabis to friends and associates.

He is a seasonal worker at Sandy Bay who became involved in drugs through his own heavy use of cannabis, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Elms, of Charles Street, Exmouth, admitted possession with intent to supply and was jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid community work by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC.

He told him:”It is quite clear you were involved in the supply of cannabis at a significant level to a number of people and a significant amount of drugs and money was recovered from you.

“I am just persuaded to suspend the sentence but you could not complain if I sent you straight to prison. I am prepared to suspend the sentence because you have no relevant convictions.”

He ordered fortfeiture of the cash and drugs.

Mr Gordon Richings, prosecuting, said police were called to Elms’s home by his girlfriend on the night of January 14 this year because of a domestic argument.

He said: “Officers spoke to Elms and his partner and it was then she notified police he had cannabis on the premises and indicated a large tub wrapped in a black bin liner which was two thirds full of herbal cannabis.”

Mr Stephen Nunn, defending, said Elms is now living on benefits and has greatly reduced his cannabis use. He accepts he will have to give up the drug or risk his sentence being activated.

He said Elms is of good character and had made full admissions to police. The probation service had assessed him as being suitable for a community work order.

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