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Teen cannabis dealer who had knife on Carlisle street is locked up

Joshua Young

A CARLISLE teenager has been locked up for dealing cannabis and the illegal possession of a knife on a city street.

Joshua Jake Richard Young, 19, was brought to justice after CCTV stills surfaced of him producing the class B drug from a holdall on an evening in late June, weighing it out with scales before supplying it to a female.

After the stills were passed to police, an officer saw the dealer carrying the same distinctive bag on London Road four days later.

That officer carried out a search. He found a blade with a locking knife which the teen had to protect himself, along with snap-bags and two mobiles phones, one device bearing an incoming message which read: “Giz us a message if you’re free and got weed lad.” More bags, cannabis and weighing scales were found during a search of his home.

Young, of Currock Street, Carlisle, admitted three charges at the city’s crown court today (FRI). These were being concerned in the supply of cannabis, possessing the class B drug with intent to supply and illegal blade possession.

Judge Peter Davies heard of the teen’s remorse, his difficult upbringing and that he had been latterly working as a bricklayer’s labourer. But Judge Davies said the nine-month jail term he was imposing had to be immediate.

“There’s a zero tolerance policy about knives,” he said. “It’s zero tolerance as far as I’m concerned. I won’t have knives in this county and, as far as I can do, I will stop it.”

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