Drug dealer mobility scooter driver tells police: ‘I’m not stopping | United Kingdom | New
A mobility scooter driver reeking of cannabis told police “I’m not arresting my boy” when they tried to arrest him.
Liverpool officers spoke to Dean Quarton after noticing he smelled strongly of cannabis, but were told there was ‘no chance’ he would stop.
When he was stopped and searched, police discovered £4,000 in cash, a quantity of cannabis in the console of the scooter and a mobile phone, Liverpool Crown Court heard on Tuesday October 4.
When he was arrested, Quarton told officers, “It’s just weed, I don’t want to lose my weed.”
Quarton, 37, claimed his brother gave him the money, but it has since been confiscated without objection in a magistrates’ court hearing.
His home in Ellergreen Road, Norris Green, Liverpool was searched and a small amount of cannabis was found, along with plastic bags and digital scales.
Asked later about the incident on October 7 last year, he denied selling drugs and said the cannabis was for his personal use.
During the analysis of his mobile phone, messages and videos showed that he had trafficked in cannabis.
Miss Rachel Oakdene, prosecuting, said: ‘The messages were consistent with the social supply drug trade supporting its own habit with some element of financial gain.’
Miss Oakdene, however, stressed that he had only been charged with possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
Quarton, who had a previous conviction for possession of cannabis, admitted the offense. Ken Heckle, defending, said Quarton was not using his “extreme injury” as an excuse and was “accepting that drugs are not the way to go and asking for help for that”.
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He used some of the cannabis himself and sold it to family and friends for financial gain or favors. He admits his habit was getting “worse and worse”, but he is able to readjust, Mr Heckle said.
He was willing to do unpaid work but was ready to be sent to jail, he added.
The judge, recorder Tim Harrington, sentenced Quarton to 10 months in prison suspended for 18 months and ordered him to perform 100 hours of unpaid work and 15 days of rehabilitation activities.
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