A drug-dealing grandfather was found during a police raid with stashes of cannabis and other drugs, worth a potential £2,700, that would have brought “misery” to users in Hull.
Long-standing addict Neil Platten had a history of dealing and the £2,000 cash discovered at his home was the proceeds of his “peddling” the drugs on the streets. Cannabis was far from harmless and it was responsible for causing mental health problems in users, Hull Crown Court heard.
Platten, 59, of Elgar Road, Hull, admitted possessing cannabis and pain reliever Pregabalin with intent to supply and acquiring £2,000 cash as criminal property on September 18, 2020. Ben Hammersley, prosecuting, said that police went to Platten’s home as part of Operation Galaxy and carried out a search.
Platten said that there was cannabis in the property and 10 small bags of cannabis, weighing 277g, were found in a bedroom. A carrier bag containing 26.2g of cannabis in a bag was found.
There were two bags of skunk cannabis, weighing 22g, on top of a kitchen cupboard as well as 261 Pregabalin tablets, a Class C drug, and £2,000 cash. The total estimated street value of the drugs was £2,700.
Platten had convictions for 38 previous offences dating back to 1974, including 11 for drugs, the first of them in 1985. He had been jailed for six years in 1990 for possessing drugs with intent to supply and had been given a two-year suspended prison sentence in 2015 for possessing drugs, including heroin, with intent to supply.
Nigel Clive, mitigating, said that Platten was not involved in supplying Class A drugs at the time and those found at his home were Class B and Class C. “The supply of drugs is always serious but there is a marked difference in the impact on society,” said Mr Clive.
“This defendant’s involvement in the drugs trade was right down at the very bottom. The defendant knows the effect of drugs because, for a significant period of time, he has been a Class A drug user.
“He has removed his addiction to Class A drugs, made possible in part by the use of Class B and Class C drugs. Eventually, this defendant hopes that he might be drug-free.”
Judge Sophie McKone said: “Cannabis is not a harmless drug by any means.” It caused mental health problems.
She told Platten: “You clearly played a significant role in the peddling of misery to the streets of Hull. Class B cannabis is not a harmless drug. It causes misery and you, more than anyone, know the misery causes drugs.
“You chose to deal drugs to people. These offences are severely aggravated by your previous convictions.”
Platten was jailed for 16 months. “Bearing in mind your large number of convictions for drug offences, it would not be appropriate to suspend your sentence,” said Judge McKone.
The £2,000 cash seized will be forfeited and given to the St Paul’s boxing academy charity, Hull.