MCat dealer locked in drugs debt jailed
MEPHEDRONE dealer Richard Norton has been jailed for peddling the 'pernicious' drug in Gloucester.
Judge William Hart told Norton, 29, pictured, that MCat, as it is known, is far too widespread in the area and nationally.
Norton admitted possessing mephedrone and cannabis with intent to supply and possessing an extending baton as an offensive weapon when he appeared at Gloucester Crown Court this week. He was jailed for a total of 12 months.
"You were supplying about five to 10 regular users and five to 10 social users, as you called them," said the judge.
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"You were making about £300 a week. You accept you had been doing this for about two months to pay off your own drug debt.
"But there has to be an immediate custodial sentence in view of the extent and nature of your involvement and the nature of the drug. MCat is a particularly widespread and pernicious drug."
Prosecutor Mark Hollier said that after Norton's arrest, he told police he had been using the money he made from supplying the drugs to pay off a £1,800 debt.
"He said he had been threatened in respect of that debt," said Mr Hollier.
"He said the baton was for his own protection and he had been in the process of giving it back to a friend from whom he had received it."
Dermot Clarke, in mitigation, said Norton, of Chapel Street, Stroud, had previous convictions for drug possession but had never been to prison before.
"He has had an inveterate problem with cannabis himself for many years," he said.
But, he said, Norton had recently found work through an agency and although currently doing only one to two hours a week was hopeful of getting full-time employment.