A SOUTH Cerney cannabis dealer caught with more than £7,500 worth of the drug at his home has been jailed for two years.

Lee Walsh had served a 15-month sentence for an earlier drug dealing offence in 2010, Gloucester Crown Court was told.

Walsh, 28, of Broadway Lane, South Cerney, admitted possessing 759g of cannabis with intent to supply on April 26 and possession of 614 tablets of diazepam, a Class C drug.

Prosecutor Janine Woods said police raided Walsh’s home and found more than half a kilo of cannabis in his bedroom and another 137.6g in the fridge. The estimated value of the drug was £7,570. He said the diazepam was for his own use and police also found £3,000 in cash. He denied that this money was from drug dealing and claimed he had been storing the cannabis for someone else.

Steve Young, defending, handed the court letters in support of Walsh from his employers and from Swindon College, where he is taking a work-related course.

Mr Young had asked the court to consider a suspended sentence so Walsh could continue his work and provide for his partner and the baby they are expecting in July.