A JOBSEEKER who saved up money from his benefits to try drug dealing has been jailed for eight months.
Police carried out a search raid on the home of Anthony Sutton in Rugeley and found nearly 80 grammes of cannabis bagged up in 100 pouches.
He told officers he hoped to sell the lot for £1,000 having just bought it in Birmingham for £850.
But a police expert who examined the haul reckoned the street value was only around £515.
Pat Sullivan, prosecuting, said Sutton’s mobile phone showed he had sent out 15 text messages to potential customers inviting tenders for the drugs.
Sutton, aged 23, of Aneurin Bevan Place, admitted possessing drugs with intent to supply on April 21 this year.
Judge Mark Eades told him: “This was a determined effort. You saved £850 from your benefits, which is incredible in itself if true. This enterprise was well thought through from the beginning. I have come to the conclusion you need a lesson.” Elizabeth Power, defending, told Stafford Crown Court: “He was in financial difficulties at the time.
“He saved some money with the intention of purchasing the cannabis and selling it for a profit.”