A DRUG dealer caught by sniffer dogs at a train station was spared in prison.
Benjamin Kearley had previously admitted one count of possession for the purpose of supplying Class A drugs – cannabis.
The 19-year-old from Sussex Drive, Banbury appeared yesterday for conviction in Oxford Crown Court.
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Prosecutors said police were carrying out an operation at Banbury station involving ‘drugged dogs’ on the morning of January 15 this year.
Kearley was “identified” by the dogs and when the police went to speak to him there was a “smell of cannabis”.
Research revealed a quantity of herbal cannabis in a backpack, and subsequent inquiries at his home revealed even more drugs.
The court heard that the total value of the cannabis seized was around £ 1,200.
He then admitted the offense and the court heard that he had not had any other previous convictions.
He was jailed for a total of 10 months suspended for two years.
Kearley must also complete a drug rehab requirement of six months, 100 hours of unpaid work and 16 days of rehab activity.
He was also ordered to pay legal costs of £ 425 and a statutory victim fine surcharge.