A DRUG dealer caught with a stash of ketamine, cocaine and weapons including a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire was told by a judge he could be back on the streets within days.
Nathan Kershaw (31) was found to have bags of cannabis in his car, more drugs at a storage unit and ketamine worth up to £23,000 at his mum’s house.
Recorder Andrew Smith sentenced Kershaw, of Coronation Road, Hoyland, to a year in jail but said he would be released “very soon”, if not immediately, as he had served six months on remand.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that Kershaw admitted to having been a heavy user of cocaine, ketamine and cannabis and had found himself in debt to his dealer.
Ms Emily Hassell said Kershaw insisted he had been threatened and begun selling drugs to other users to pay off this debt.
He admitted charges including possession of class A drugs on the basis that he had made no financial advantage “save that when the drugs had sold the debt would be cleared”, Ms Hassell said.
The court heard Kershaw had been stopped by the police in October 2020, while driving a VW Golf, in which officers found more than £5,000 in cash, two mobile phones and two bags of “skunk” cannabis.
When Kershaw’s home was raided last June, police found cannabis, cocaine, plastic bags and a scale, as well as evidence of cannabis cultivation, including heaters and a growing tent, plus a machete.
“He said he was a drug user and cash found on the premises was the proceeds from the sale of a motor vehicle,” said Ms Hassell.
Four months later, Kershaw was stopped again in a VW Polo with a “significant” amount of cash and cannabis.
In a storage unit owned by Kershaw’s mother, police discovered ketamine, cocaine and other materials used to “cut” drugs, while a further search of his home turned up 740g of ketamine worth £15,000 to £23,000 on the street 35g of cocaine and several weapons, including an axe, four large knives and and the wire-wrapped baseball bat.
Police had also found a phone with texts about the supply of drugs “at street level”, said Ms Hassell, but Kershaw had denied selling drugs other than to friends.
Kershaw admitted possessing class A and B drugs with intent to supply, being concerned in the production of a class B drug and possessing criminal property.
Ms Hassell pointed out that some offences had been committed while he was on bail or under investigation for earlier crimes.
Mr Richard Canning, mitigating, said spending time on remand had given Kershaw time to reflect on his actions and he “wishes to be released so he can be a caring son to his mother and a loving father to his children”.
Recorder Smith told Kershaw that as a drug user himself, he”must recognise more than others the effects drug misuse creates”.
He noted: “You’ve taken positive steps while in custody to deal with your drug misuse issues.”
The judge said it seemed Kershaw could be said to have taken a lesser rather than a leading role in drug supply, but there had been “a degree of persistence” to his offending.
Kershaw was sentenced to a total of 12 months in prison and on querying when he would be freed from prison, was told his release would most likely be imminent due to time served on remand.