Two Louth brothers who admitted being involved in drug dealing escaped immediate prison sentences at Lincoln Crown Court today.
Harry Scott and his younger brother Frankie were arrested after police raided their home as part of an inquiry into an unconnected theft.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said that Frankie Scott arrived at the property while the police were carrying out the search and was found to have 55gs of cannabis on him.
Drug dealing paraphernalia including scales and snap-bags were found in Harry Scott’s room.
Mobile phones belonging to both men were seized and analysis revealed text messages linking the brothers with drug dealing.
The prosecutor said: “These two defendants are low level street dealers.”
Frankie Scott, 21, of Ramsgate, Louth, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply. He also admitted charges of supplying drugs and offering to supply drugs between May 6 and 17 2012.
He was given an eight month jail sentence suspended for a year with 180 hours of unpaid work and 12 months supervision.
Harry Scott, 22, also of Ramsgate, Louth, admitted offering to supply drugs on May 16 and 17 2012. He was given a six month jail sentence suspended for a year with 140 hours of unpaid work and 12 months supervision.
David Lee, for Frankie Scott, said he had been selling to friends and to friends of friends.
“At the time he was unemployed. It was principally done so that he could have his own cannabis.
“He gave up drugs in October last year. In November, through considerable efforts of his own, he secured a full-time job.”
David Eager, for Harry Scott, said he has recently been offered a job.
Mr Eager said: “He has academic difficulties. It is clear that he is a very vulnerable young man.”
Judge Michael Heath told the brothers the custodial sentences would be suspended as both have since obtained work and there was a 12 month gap between them being arrested and subsequently charged.
The Judge told them: “You knew full well that what you were doing was wrong and that it was illegal.”