A DRUG dealer was found in possession of a police stun gun capable of delivering a high voltage charge.

Blake Holley, a council landscaper, was arrested at his home in Anne Crescent, Evesham where a search revealed cannabis, cash and the police stun gun.

The 25-year-old had already admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine and cannabis and possession of a prohibited weapon when he was sentenced at Hereford Crown Court last Thursday.

Police executed a warrant at 9pm on May 13 this year. Officers found the defendant in the back garden and told Holley he was being arrested for drugs offences.

Holley told officers conducting the search: "I smoke a bit of weed - I'm not going to lie."

Michael Aspinall, prosecuting, said police found a pencil case containing a quantity of skunk cannabis with a street value of £110 and £225 cash.

Police also found 5g of skunk cannabis worth around £50 in a zip-lock bag and a police light stun gun in a box on top of the fridge 'capable of a high voltage discharge'.

A further search revealed a Samsung mobile phone and a set of electronic scales. In the defendant's bedroom they found a further 5g of skunk cannabis and, in a larger bag, 57g of the drug which had a wholesale value of around £370 but a street value/retail value of £570 if sole in deals.

When analysed the mobile phone showed evidence that Holley had been dealing cocaine and cannabis.

In police interview the day after his arrest Holley said he had been selling drugs for two and a half months 'but didn't make much money' and only sold cannabis to a few friends to help himself out said Mr Aspinall.

He told officers the drugs found in the kitchen were for his own use.

In a later interview he told officers he had been dealing for a time in 2017 when he was 'going through a bad time'.

"He had lost an uncle and a dog in a matter of a week" said Mr Aspinall.

Holley told officers 'he wasn't a regular dealer of cocaine' and only sold 'a couple of grammes here and there'.

Holley had two previous convictions, both for unrelated matters.

Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC gave Holley full credit for his early guilty pleas. "My view is that this falls right at the bottom end of dealing drugs to the public. In my view this is a classic case where a sentence should be suspended."

The judge sentenced him to two years in prison suspended for two years, ordered him to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay a £140 victim surcharge.

He said: "It's a chance Mr Holley. Don't waste it."

Judge Pearce-Higgins further ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.