Warning after Bicester drug dealer is sent to prison

Bicester Advertiser: Judge Mary Jane Mowat Judge Mary Jane Mowat

A JUDGE has jailed a 22-year-old drug dealer and said she hopes his sentence will send a message to other criminals.

Manveer Sandhu, of Martin Close, Bicester, admitted one count of possessing cannabis, a Class B drug, with intent to supply on November 9 last year.

Giles Curtis-Raleigh, prosecuting, said the former Bicester College student was arrested after police saw him making a deal in Langford Village, Bicester.

He told Judge Mary Jane Mowat that officers found he was carrying £340 worth of cannabis, with another £540 of the drug discovered at his home address.

The barrister added that police also recovered £120 cash, scales, a cannabis grinder and a phone containing “unambiguous” messages about drugs, one of which asked: “You got weed?”.

He added yesterday in Oxford Crown Court that Sandhu has a caution on his record for possessing cannabis and another conviction for dealing the drug more recently.

Daren Samat, defending, said his client had been a good student who was hoping to get a job working at a car dealership in Botley.

He said Sandhu started smoking cannabis regularly and his friends “would often ask for a small amount of drugs” so he started dealing to them.

Judge Mowat sentenced him to six months in prison and said: “I hope it sends a message to people like you attempting to get involved in selling drugs for money.”

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7:52am Thu 24 Apr 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Judge Mowat sentenced him to six months in prison and said: “I hope it sends a message to people like you attempting to get involved in selling drugs for money.” .......
........Oh it'll send a message alright, drug dealers in Oxfordshire are still given pathetic punishments...
Judge Mowat sentenced him to six months in prison and said: “I hope it sends a message to people like you attempting to get involved in selling drugs for money.” ....... ........Oh it'll send a message alright, drug dealers in Oxfordshire are still given pathetic punishments... Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -2

8:55am Thu 24 Apr 14

the wizard says...

He will be out in no time. Sorry Judge, but its not enough. These people need to be hammered into the ground on sentencing, with no remission .
They also need all of their assets taking away to show them that drug dealing is just not acceptable. We have been mamby pandy with these guys for far far too long, when is the legal system going to realize the despair these people peddle and the misery it brings to the users and the families around them.
He will be out in no time. Sorry Judge, but its not enough. These people need to be hammered into the ground on sentencing, with no remission . They also need all of their assets taking away to show them that drug dealing is just not acceptable. We have been mamby pandy with these guys for far far too long, when is the legal system going to realize the despair these people peddle and the misery it brings to the users and the families around them. the wizard
  • Score: 1

1:09pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Doctor69 says...

What a load of rubbish, He was caught with a grand total of £900 worth of weed and a bit of cash. Hardly Scarface is he?!
What a load of rubbish, He was caught with a grand total of £900 worth of weed and a bit of cash. Hardly Scarface is he?! Doctor69
  • Score: 3

2:46pm Thu 24 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Legalise it, regulate it and tax it, and take it out of the hands of criminal gangs.
Legalise it, regulate it and tax it, and take it out of the hands of criminal gangs. King Joke
  • Score: -4

3:34pm Thu 24 Apr 14

tinsel84 says...

What a waste of police and CPS resources. Surely we should only be locking people up if they present a danger to the public. How is this guy a danger?
What a waste of police and CPS resources. Surely we should only be locking people up if they present a danger to the public. How is this guy a danger? tinsel84
  • Score: -1

3:45pm Thu 24 Apr 14

photon says...

I resent paying tax to the police to fund the prosecution of this "criminal". He has caused no harm to anyone. Weed should be legal then we wouldn't have this waste of police resources. There are far more dangerous real criminals to catch.
I resent paying tax to the police to fund the prosecution of this "criminal". He has caused no harm to anyone. Weed should be legal then we wouldn't have this waste of police resources. There are far more dangerous real criminals to catch. photon
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Thu 24 Apr 14

knowledge-is-power says...

Small sentence for a small offence however in reading around you will realise that most (even those with the most damaging list of previous offences) would have no doubt escaped custody in this case also look into a recent study proving black and asian men are of a much higher likelihood to be imprisoned in the uk the statistics are incredible
Small sentence for a small offence however in reading around you will realise that most (even those with the most damaging list of previous offences) would have no doubt escaped custody in this case also look into a recent study proving black and asian men are of a much higher likelihood to be imprisoned in the uk the statistics are incredible knowledge-is-power
  • Score: -6

6:03pm Thu 24 Apr 14

FreddyF says...

There is no war on drugs, that's just jingoism from Nixon. But as this artilcle and some of the comments demonstrate, there is definitely a percecution of people who use drugs other than alcohol, tobacco and caffeine.
There is no war on drugs, that's just jingoism from Nixon. But as this artilcle and some of the comments demonstrate, there is definitely a percecution of people who use drugs other than alcohol, tobacco and caffeine. FreddyF
  • Score: -5

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