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Five-year prison sentence for Douglas drug dealer

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A Douglas man has been sentenced to five years in prison for drugs offences. 

Twenty-five-year-old Ben Clark Owen, of Belmont Hill, was sentenced by Deemster Alastair Montgomerie at Douglas courthouse this afternoon. 

Family, friends and his pregnant girlfriend were all in attendance. 

The court heard Owen had tried to get more than £7,300-worth of cannabis posted to his home address in May this year. 

The two packages were intercepted at Post Office HQ.

Owen was arrested and questioned by police - he issued prepared statements, denied any knowledge of the packages and answered no comment to other questions. 

Then, in August this year, police searched his property, finding two ounces of cannabis resin (worth £160-£260) and 50 ecstasy tablets - said to have a street value of £550-£750 - along with £665 in cash. 

Owen was on police bail at the time. 

The court heard Owen had seven pages of previous convictions, almost all of which were for drugs offences. 

He served three years and eight months of a five-year sentence in prison, after being sentenced in November 2012 for possessing ecstasy with intent to supply. 

The offences committed this year breached his sentence expiry date. 

The court heard Owen had previously enjoyed the 'big-time Charlie' lifestyle his drug dealing had afforded him. 

It was said he had begun to do it again this year as a way of clearing debts, though.

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