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Cannabis dealer who got cold feet spared jail

33-year-old told to become 'a more respectful member of society'

A Douglas man who got cold feet after acquiring a carrier bag full of cannabis which he was supposed to sell on has been spared jail.

Police were called to Daniel James Glassey’s home, on Castle Drive, on 3 July last year.

The 33-year-old had been seen acting ‘suspiciously’ outside and was overheard on the telephone discussing the Class B drug.

When officers searched him they found he had 97.1 grams of cannabis - which had a street value of £1,942 – and a set of weighing scales; another small amount was found in his sock.

Data recovered from Glassey’s phone also showed he’d been concerned in the supply of cannabis between March and July 2023.

Glassey told police he’d been in need of money to pay his rent and had been contacted by an ‘old friend’ who he’d disclosed his money troubles to.

He then described how he was picked up from work, on the day, by an ‘unknown male’ in a black Range Rover who'd given him the carrier bag.

When he got home he told officers he’d had ‘second thoughts’ and had tried to arrange for the cannabis to be returned but they’d arrived first.

Glassey later pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of cannabis and two offences of possession.

During sentencing, at Douglas Courthouse, Glassey’s advocate described how his client had been experiencing mental health difficulties and was ‘self-medicating’ at the time.

However he said he’d been ‘utterly genuine’ about engaging with services who were now trying to assist him in order to ‘pull himself back together’.

“He needs help to be able to tread the right path,” the advocate added.

Imposing an eight month custodial sentence, which has been suspended for two years, Deemster Graeme Cook told Glassey: “You did not try and avoid culpability.”

Glassey will remain under a Suspended Sentence Supervision Order for the next two years and will also have to pay prosecution costs of £125.

Addressing him in the dock Deemster Cook added: “Hopefully you will become a more respectful member of society.”

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