A Southport man who began dealing in drugs to fund his own addiction has been jailed.
The secret operation run by Mark Davies came to light when police stopped his car in the town and caught him with cocaine and more than £2,000 cash.
The 38-year-old, who had also been growing cannabis for his own use, has been put behind bars for 37 and a half months.
A judge told Davies, of Upper Aughton Road, that while he accepted he had turned his life around since the offence in October 2019 he had to send out a message to drug dealers.
Recorder Michael Blakey said ,“I would be failing in my public duty if I didn’t send you to prison, your mitigation isn’t enough to stop that.”
He pointed out that Davies had chosen to peddle Class A drugs. “They are a pernicious blight on society and it has become more pervasive in communities across the country. It ruins lives and your family’s lives have been blighted by this.”
Davies, a father-of-three, had admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply and producing cannabis.
Prosecuting, Mike Stephenson, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court, that police followed Davies’ car before pulling him over in Southbank Road. Searches at the scene and during a body search revealed a total of 57 wraps of cocaine, with an estimated street value of about £3,000, along with more than £2,000 cash.
When his home was searched police found a small cannabis farm containing about eight plants along with other immature plants.
Defence barrister, Cheryl Mottram said that at the time Davies was a chronic drug user and finding he could not afford his habit he decided to finance it by selling drugs. “It’s a decision he regrets.”
She said he is a hard working family man who has sought help since his arrest and no longer uses drugs.