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Student operated as dealer

PUBLISHED: 17:24 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:22 03 July 2010

A GORLESTON student operated as a commercial drug dealer to earn money, a court heard.

Nicholas Crabtree, of Queens Crescent, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possession of cocaine.

A GORLESTON student operated as a commercial drug dealer to earn money, a court heard.

Nicholas Crabtree, of Queens Crescent, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possession of cocaine.

The 20-year-old's home was raided on May 30 after police obtained a search warrant.

Prosecuting at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court, Elizabeth Houghton said: “Officers went in there and found six small plastic bags containing a green and purple substance believed to be cannabis.”

Tests carried out by police confirmed the bags contained cannabis and during their search police also found a bag and plastic container with cocaine inside.

A “substantial” amount of cash was seized and equipment related to drug dealing was also found at his home including scales, plastic bags and cling film.

Crabtree was arrested and interviewed by police.

Mrs Houghton said Crabtree told police: “The white powder was for his personal use which he had bought”.

Crabtree said he would purchase eight grams of cannabis for £150 and then sell it on to others making a profit.

Magistrates heard how Crabtree would purchase 16 ounces on cannabis, split it into packs, and sell it on for £12.50.

He told police he had only been doing it for a month and that the “substantial” amount of cash found at his home was from drug dealing and the sale of a car.

“This is a commercial dealer who earns money,” added Mrs Houghton.

Magistrates committed Crabtree to Norwich Crown Court for sentencing at a later date.

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