UK: Hampshire Pub Chef Was Dealing Weed

A PUB CHEF who sold cannabis at “street-level” moved more than £16,000 through his bank account over a year and a half, a court heard.

Jacob Mulhall was pulled over driving a silver Renault Clio which was “known to be connected with drug dealing”.

The 25-year was searched and found to have “two lumps of cannabis resin” on October 24, 2019.

Meanwhile, in the car, there were 12 bags of cocaine totalling around five and a half grams.

Officers then went on search his home in Winchester Road, Bishop’s Waltham which he shares with his parents and brother.

Prosecution barrister, Barnaby Hone, told how in a shed they discovered more cannabis, scales and “all the paraphernalia you would expect for someone who was a street-level drug dealer”.

Police also seized £2,895 in cash which the prosecution said came from drug dealing.

Mulhall appeared at Southampton Crown Court on Wednesday charged with being concerned in the supply of a class B drug, possession of a class A drug with intent to supply, and possessing criminal property to which he previously pleaded guilty.

However, he pleaded guilty to the cocaine charge on the basis he was only selling to “friends”.

Police who analysed two Samsung phones taken from him found no texts indicating he had been dealing the stimulant. During investigations, a further £16,920 was found to be “moving through his bank account” between January 2017 and October 2019 which was also argued came from drug dealing.

Defending, Simon Walters, said his client had expressed remorse and had demonstrated a good understanding of his offending behaviour.

He argued that Mulhall had no previous convictions and has not troubled the police since his arrest.

Judge Peter Henry jailed him for 15 months, suspended for two years.

He will be subject of a two month electronically monitored curfew between 7pm and 7am and must complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

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