Former drug dealer back in court

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A former drug dealer, said to have successfully weaned himself off cocaine, has appeared before court for possessing the Class “B” drug, cannabis.

Being found in possession of cannabis placed Michael McKenzie in breach of a suspended sentence imposed last year when a judge heard how a haul of cocaine – a Class “A” drug – had been found in his car and bedroom during a police search.

York Crown Court heard how on April 4, this year, McKenzie, of Main Street, Malton, was stopped driving a car by police officers because he was suspected of being under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.

However, tests on him proved negative for any traces of alcohol or banned substances, but whilst he was in custody McKenzie’s car was searched by officers.

During the search the officers came across a £10 bag of cannabis within the vehicle.

McKenzie, formerly of Londesborough Road in Scarborough, was said at last year’s hearing to be “utterly terrified” at the prospect of spending time in prison.

On Friday, he found himself facing that prospect once more as he stood in the dock at York Crown Court waiting to hear whether the judge would take his change of lifestyle into account when imposing a sentence for his latest drug-related arrest.

McKenzie had previously admitted a charge of possessing cannabis in breach of the suspended sentence imposed for possessing cocaine with intent to supply and possessing both it, and cannabis, for his own use.

The court heard that McKenzie accepts that he had been “extremely foolish” being again caught in possession of a drug after having weaned himself of the Class “A” drug and to be now looking forward to the birth of his first child in November.

The 25-year-old self-employed property maintenance worker, was said to have completed well the community add-ons to the suspended sentence, was conditionally discharged for six months at his sentencing hearing.

He must also complete 40 hours of unpaid work the judge ruled.

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