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Drug dealer claimed he sold cannabis to fund his own self-medication, court hears

PUBLISHED: 15:03 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 19:50 12 April 2018

Marc Stevens was found with £1,400 worth of marijuana at his Gorleston home on February 26 this year - four days after being sentenced for dangerous driving. Picture: Ian Burt

Marc Stevens was found with £1,400 worth of marijuana at his Gorleston home on February 26 this year - four days after being sentenced for dangerous driving. Picture: Ian Burt

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A drug dealer who feared he had cancer claimed he sold cannabis to fund his own self-medication, a court heard.

Marc Stevens was found with £1,400 worth of marijuana at his Gorleston home on February 26 this year - four days after being sentenced for dangerous driving.

Prosecutor John Morgans told Norwich Crown Court today (April 12) the drugs were found by police as they raided his home on New College Close.

He said a “dealer bag” was discovered in the back yard, containing drugs which had been decanted into smaller packets, scales and “dealer notes”.

Altogether, police recovered £96.72p in cash and 205g of cannabis, which had a street value of £1,400, Mr Morgans said.

The court heard how Stevens, 31, was subject to a suspended sentence at the time of his arrest.

Just four days earlier on February 22, he had been sentenced at Norwich Crown Court for dangerous driving.

Mr Morgans said the original offence involved Stevens driving away from police after being pulled over on September 30 last year.

Lori Tucker, mitigating, said her client was “no stranger” to the courts.

In 2011 he was jailed for 45 months for possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.

She said Stevens started selling cannabis to fund his own use of the drug for self medication.

He had previously been taking a prescription drug to treat anxiety and depression, but that ended when he decided he had cancer.

Ms Tucker said: “He had concerns in relation to his bowel and goes to his GP.

“The GP conducts an investigation, which to his mind [Stevens’] concluded with a diagnosis of cancer.”

She said there was no official diagnosis and the GP wanted Stevens to go for further tests.

“He [Stevens] buried his head in the sand,” Ms Tucker said.

The court heard how Stevens was no longer able to receive prescription medication as he stopped seeing his GP.

Ms Tucker said: “He was self medicating [with cannabis] and in order to fund his own habit, he begins selling it to a small group of friends.”

He has since been diagnosed with a thyroid problem, the court heard.

Stevens, who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply, has 14 convictions for 57 offences.

Judge Stephen Holt sentenced him to 16 months in prison.

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