Wirral dealer found with 50 ecstasy tablets also stole prescription drugs from his mother, court heard

A DRUG dealer has been arrested after he was spotted wandering Lime Street station with a ‘blank stare’ and smelling of cannabis, a court has heard.

Connor Beauchamp, 25, was arrested by police, but a few months later he was arrested again and found carrying drugs and an “extendable rubber truncheon”.

At Liverpool Crown Court, prosecuting Henry Riding said at around 2pm on February 25, 2020, a police officer arrested Beauchamp, of Rosedale Road, Tranmere, because he smelled strongly of cannabis.

The officer added that Beauchamp had a ‘blank stare’ and ‘blushing eyes’ and when a backpack he was carrying was searched the officer discovered 40 ectasia tablets, 21 pressure bags containing 22.5 grams of cannabis, 38 tablets of dihydrocodeine (a prescription opiate pain reliever), 50 tramadol (a strong pain reliever used to treat severe pain), a large amount of pregablin (used to treat epilepsy and anxiety) and miscellaneous items, including scales, pressure bags, sticker labels, and “checklists” containing customer names.

Beauchamp was arrested and gave an interview without comment before being released under investigation.

Mr Riding said that on June 3, 2020, Beauchamp was approached by a police officer on Ellesmere Road in Tranmere because she noticed a strong smell of cannabis.

She described Beauchamp as appearing “nervous” and during the search he was found carrying two jars of cannabis and 13 cards soaked in dimethoxyamphetamine (also known as DOC) which was described by Mr Riding as a ” psychedelic amphetamine”.

Beauchamp was also carrying an “extendable rubber truncheon” and another DOC-soaked card was found at his home.

Mr Riding said it was clear Beauchamp played a ‘significant role’ in the drug trade and added he had ‘numerous prior offenses of petty dishonesty’.

Bernice Campbell, defending, said Beauchamp stole prescription drugs from his mother’s supply and added that he had a “difficult relationship with his parents” who were estranged.

“He had a desperate and very sad upbringing,” she said.

Ms Campbell said Beauchamp had struggled at school with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

“He’s a very upset boy who doesn’t really know what’s going on in his life,” she added. “He is very, very afraid of being taken into custody.”

Sentencing Beauchamp, who pleaded guilty to seven counts relating to possession and supply of drugs and one count of possession of an offensive weapon, to 30 months in prison, Judge Garrett Byrne added: ” You are young and rather immature and I accept that you have suffered from different challenges.”

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