A KENDAL man who ran an illegal “corner shop” of drugs for pals has been jailed for two-and-a-half-years.
Police attended Darryn O’Loughlin’s flat in the town at 11am on November 1 last year because he was wanted on recall to prison.
O’Loughlin swiftly indicated to officers there were illegal drugs inside his property. Small amounts of LSD and amphetamine were recovered, from a bedroom safe and a bag in the kitchen, respectively.
Police also found drugs paraphernalia which included weighing scales, an empty snap-bag box, a pestle and mortar containing residue and a substance commonly used for adulterating substances.
Analysis of a mobile phone revealed damning drug-dealing evidence, including one message from April, 2019, which indicated that O’Loughlin would have a quantity of LSD for sale, and relevant pricing.
In interview, he was frank with police and admitted supplying the drugs to a “select group of friends”.
O’Loughlin, of no fixed address, admitted possessing both class A LSD and class B amphetamine, both with intent to supply, and was sentenced this afternoon (THURS) at Carlisle Crown Court.
Judge Nicholas Barker heard the defendant was remorseful and had been mentoring fellow prisoners while in custody, persuading two not to take the synthetic drug spice as he sought to mend his ways and help others.
Passing a 30-month jail term, Judge Barker noted there was evidence O’Loughlin had offered “something of a corner shop of drugs to others”.