A Polegate drug dealer who sold cannabis to children via their mobile phones has avoided jail.
Stefan Bradley, from Eastbourne Road, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis at Lewes Crown Court. The unemployed 20-year-old was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment suspended for two years and a rehabilitation order. He was also given a victim surcharge and the court ordered that his phone be destroyed.
After a concerned parent believed that their child was beginning to consume cannabis, they confiscated their phone and passed it to police. The subsequent investigation identified two separate people independently offering the child drugs for sale. Bradley was offering cannabis.
The conviction comes only months after the other dealer identified from the phone, Leigh Morley, 30, (pictured) unemployed, from High Street, Polegate, also pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of both cocaine and cannabis and was jailed for three years.
Investigating officer PC Dan Cloake said, "Both of these dealers were offering drugs to school children by text message. Although working independently of each other, between them they had the lion’s share of the supply of illegal drugs in the Polegate and Willingdon.
"Both were actively targeting vulnerable children locally in order to make a financial gain. If anyone that believes that selling drugs to children is an easy way to make some extra cash, be aware, we will catch you and the court will convict you.”
If you have any information about the supply of drugs locally or wish to report drug dealing you can report online.