Jail sentences for drug dealers held after city swoop

Oxford Mail: Jail sentences for drug dealers held after city swoop Jail sentences for drug dealers held after city swoop

TWO drug dealers were sentenced in Oxford Crown Court on Monday after being arrested in the city centre.

Ben Nicholson, of Lyndhurst Crescent, Swindon, pleaded guilty to possessing drugs with intent to supply and Brandon Day, of Faulkner Street, Oxford, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis. 

Patrick Duffy, prosecuting, said the two men were arrested on May 30 last year after the vehicle they were travelling in was pulled over by officers in an unmarked police car.

He said Nicholson, 26, admitted possessing heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply, while 18-year-old Day admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Robert Lindsay, defending Nicholson, said his client had held down a steady job with a furniture removal business for eight years until the firm went bust and his life fell apart.

Defence barrister Lucy Tapper said Day was now trying to stay away from cannabis. He received a four-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months with a supervision requirement.

Nicholson was given a two-year prison sentence.

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6:20pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Quentin Walker says...

Drug dealers are responsible for many of society's ills. Sentencing should reflect this and be severe enough to act as a deterrent.
Drug dealers are responsible for many of society's ills. Sentencing should reflect this and be severe enough to act as a deterrent. Quentin Walker
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6:26pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

The pathetic excuses people come up with for supplying drugs, there is no excuse! And I agree with Quentin Walker, sentencing is historically rather pathetic, and more should be done to deter these pedlars.
The pathetic excuses people come up with for supplying drugs, there is no excuse! And I agree with Quentin Walker, sentencing is historically rather pathetic, and more should be done to deter these pedlars. Dilligaf2010
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12:26pm Thu 13 Mar 14

King Joke says...

THe ill-conceived 'war on drugs' is as much to blame for society's ills as these hapless individuals.

Legalise, regulate and tax drugs, you know it's the way forward.
THe ill-conceived 'war on drugs' is as much to blame for society's ills as these hapless individuals. Legalise, regulate and tax drugs, you know it's the way forward. King Joke
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5:10pm Thu 13 Mar 14

the wizard says...

War on drugs, having a laugh when the only one's punished are the victims not the aggressors . If there were no suppliers there could be no users.
So lock the suppliers/ dealers away, and users stop being victims and then return to being proper people with standards and self respect.
War on drugs, having a laugh when the only one's punished are the victims not the aggressors . If there were no suppliers there could be no users. So lock the suppliers/ dealers away, and users stop being victims and then return to being proper people with standards and self respect. the wizard
  • Score: 1

8:02am Fri 14 Mar 14

King Joke says...

the wizard wrote:
War on drugs, having a laugh when the only one's punished are the victims not the aggressors . If there were no suppliers there could be no users.
So lock the suppliers/ dealers away, and users stop being victims and then return to being proper people with standards and self respect.
THere will always be users! Whether out of curiosity, desperation, or just because they enjoy it, people will always seek recreation in substances, as do people down the pub on a Friday night.

Locking dealers away is futile, becase while there is a market someone will always rise to meet it, this is just economic reality. Recognising this, it's far better to have the market controlled, regulated and taxed than it is to shrug your shoulders and hand it over to criminal gangs.

Finally, addiction is an illness which needs treating. You might as well ask people with depression or schizophrenia to 'return to being proper people'. That said, most drug users are not addicts, just recreational users like people down the pub.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: War on drugs, having a laugh when the only one's punished are the victims not the aggressors . If there were no suppliers there could be no users. So lock the suppliers/ dealers away, and users stop being victims and then return to being proper people with standards and self respect.[/p][/quote]THere will always be users! Whether out of curiosity, desperation, or just because they enjoy it, people will always seek recreation in substances, as do people down the pub on a Friday night. Locking dealers away is futile, becase while there is a market someone will always rise to meet it, this is just economic reality. Recognising this, it's far better to have the market controlled, regulated and taxed than it is to shrug your shoulders and hand it over to criminal gangs. Finally, addiction is an illness which needs treating. You might as well ask people with depression or schizophrenia to 'return to being proper people'. That said, most drug users are not addicts, just recreational users like people down the pub. King Joke
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9:46am Sat 15 Mar 14

Dr Martin says...

Quentin Walker wrote:
Drug dealers are responsible for many of society's ills. Sentencing should reflect this and be severe enough to act as a deterrent.
agreed
[quote][p][bold]Quentin Walker[/bold] wrote: Drug dealers are responsible for many of society's ills. Sentencing should reflect this and be severe enough to act as a deterrent.[/p][/quote]agreed Dr Martin
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