‘Fenton’s best ammo dealer’ gives one-finger salute outside court

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Fenton's "best ammo" dealer gave a middle-finger salute as he headed into court to find out his fate after notching up his 110th offence.

This time around, Ian Wilkins had been hauled before a judge at Stoke-On-Trent Crown Court for dealing what he described as 'the best ammo in Fenton’.

The court heard how police forced their way into the 32-year-old's home in Christchurch Street, Stoke-On-Trent Live reports.

Once inside, officers found a bag containing four separate bags of cannabis worth £1,300, as well as £800 cash and a tick list.

Now Wilkins has been jailed for 12 months after 'immediate custody' was deemed the only appropriate sentence.

Andrew Baker, prosecuting, said a warrant was executed at the address on November 27, 2019.

He added: “During the search, the defendant returned with his long-term partner. Her phone contained eight messages sent between September 3 and 17, offering to sell a variety of cannabis.

“The defendant would supply lower end dealers with up to an ounce which they could then break down.

"The defendant did not have a phone when he was arrested, he said he did not have a phone. A phone number was later attributed to him.”

Wilkins pleaded guilty to supplying a Class B drug and intent to supply cannabis.

Hamish Noble, mitigating, said: “Mr Wilkins has a number of difficulties. He accepts he still has difficulty with cannabis misuse, he’s under care of the Sullivan centre.

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“There was some debt the defendant had and was attempting to pay it back. He has had a difficult life."

Judge Paul Glenn told the defendant: “You have a pretty appalling criminal history back to 1999 and there’s 109 offences you have been convicted of. You are a prolific offender.

“Offences came to light on November 27, 2019 when police raided your house. They found cannabis concealed within roof space. There was over 163 grams worth £1,300. They found a notebook which was a tick list. They also found further cannabis and digital scales.

“They took possession of your partner's phone and it proved you made eight calls offering to supply cannabis. You advertised your prices and described it as ‘the best ammo in Fenton’.

“When you were interviewed you admitted being a user but no more than that. The delay, in this case, has been caused largely by you.

“You were actively engaged in supplying cannabis for financial gain. Texts and notebooks showed you have access to the ability to supply up to an ounce. You had a number of customers.

"Your convictions are an aggravating factor. You’ve been made subject to many community orders and suspended sentences which you breached. Only appropriate punishment is immediate custody.

“You should think of the consequences to them and your partner before you got involved again in selling cannabis.”

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