A DRUG dealer who had cannabis worth £2,000 in his car has avoided jail.

Max Reynolds, 22, of Brynards Hill in Royal Wootton Bassett pleaded guilty at Swindon Crown Court to possession with intent to supply class B drugs and received a 12-month prison sentence which is suspended for two years.

A police officer on duty in Bassett on September 29 2018 received information that a suspected drugs deal had taken place and a Ford Fiesta had been involved. The officer located the vehicle and seized a large amount of cannabis and almost £450 in cash, then arrested Reynolds and took him into custody. Police later found messages relating to drug dealing on his phone.

PC Becki Nash said: “It was clear from the large amount of cannabis and cash seized, as well as all the messages on his phone, that Reynolds was supplying cannabis to a number of vulnerable people within our communities.

“I am pleased that we have been able to intercept and prevent these drugs from reaching our streets.”

“This incident also highlights the importance of community intelligence – we rely on members of the public to act as our eyes and ears and report anything suspicious to us so we can take action. I’d urge anyone with suspicions of drug activity in their neighbourhood to call 101.”

Reynolds must also carry out 250 hours of unpaid work, plus rehabilitation activities, pay £250 in costs and a victim surcharge of £140.