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Cannabis dealer avoids jail

8 Apr 2021

A drug dealer from London who was found in possession of about £660 worth of cannabis in Peterborough has avoided jail.

Tedros Debesay, 20, was found hiding in the garden of a house in Vergette Street, Eastfield, by police officers who were there on an unrelated matter on 8 January last year (2020).

In the pitch black, officers came across Debesay who was crouched down next to an outbuilding, along with two medium-sized bags of cannabis, a set of weighing scales and multiple plastic ‘deal’ bags.

He was arrested and upon being searched, the officers found further bags of cannabis and more deal bags.

Debesay, of Hempstead Road in Walthamstow, was initially released under investigation but later charged with possession with intent to supply cannabis.

On Tuesday (6 April), he appeared at Peterborough Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to a year in prison, suspended for two years.

He has also been made subject of a curfew between the hours of 8pm and 3am, which will last for three months.

DC Louis Scott said: “Drug dealing can have an appalling impact on our communities and often brings with it a host of criminality and harm to vulnerable people.

“I would encourage anyone with concerns about drug use or dealing to get in touch with us, this can be done anonymously, but could help someone out of addiction or even those who may have found themselves down the wrong path and are trapped in dealing.”

Anyone with information or concerns about drug dealing can report information online.

Information about substance misuse and support services can be found on our website.

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