A drug-dealing grandfather has been jailed after police discovered stashes of cannabis and other drugs worth up to £2,700 during a raid.

Neil Platten, who has been struggling with a long-standing addiction and who has a history of dealing, admitted possessing cannabis and pain reliever Pregabalin with intent to supply and acquiring £2,000 cash as criminal property on September 18, 2020. Platten, 59 and of Elgar Road in Hull was visited by police as part of Operation Galaxy, HullLive reports.

As well as the drugs, police found £2,000 in cash which Platten had acquired through his “peddling” of the drugs on the streets. He had told officers that there was cannabis in his flat and they found 10 small bags weighing 277g in a bedroom and 26.2g of cannabis in a carrier bag.

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There were also two bags of skunk cannabis, weighing 22g, on top of a kitchen cupboard as well as 261 Pregabalin tablets, a Class C drug, and the £2,000 cash. Police estimated the street value of the drugs to be around £2,700.

This was not Platten’s first encounter with the law. The grandad had 38 previous convictions dating back to 1974 with 11 relating to drugs.

Neil Platten was jailed
Neil Platten was jailed

He spent six years behind bars for possessing drugs with intent to supply in 1990 and had been given a two-year suspended prison sentence in 2015 for possessing drugs, including heroin, with intent to supply. Nigel Clive, mitigating, told Hull Crown Court his client was not involved in supplying Class A drugs at the time and those found at his home were Class B and Class C.

He said: “The supply of drugs is always serious but there is a marked difference in the impact on society. This defendant’s involvement in the drugs trade was right down at the very bottom. The defendant knows the effect of drugs because, for a significant period of time, he has been a Class A drug user.

“He has removed his addiction to Class A drugs, made possible in part by the use of Class B and Class C drugs. Eventually, this defendant hopes that he might be drug-free.”

Judge Sophie McKone said his recent offending was “severely aggravated” by Platten’s previous convictions. She said a suspended sentence would “not be appropriate”.

Judge McKone said: “Cannabis is not a harmless drug by any means. You clearly played a significant role in the peddling of misery to the streets of Hull.

“Class B cannabis is not a harmless drug. It causes misery and you, more than anyone, know the misery drugs causes. You chose to deal drugs to people. These offences are severely aggravated by your previous convictions.”

Platten was sentenced to 16 months in prison. The £2,000 officers seized will be forfeited and given to the St Paul’s boxing academy charity in Hull.

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