Text message busts Warwick drug dealer
A WARWICK man has been busted for supplying drugs after a phone transaction went awry. Clinton James Ellis pleaded guilty in the Warwick District Court to two counts of supplying a dangerous drug, one count of possessing a dangerous drug and one charge of a thing used in connection to supplying a dangerous drug.
The charges came after police issued a warrant to search Ellis’s house in February.
Police found less than 2g of marijuana and five LSD tabs, as well as an assortment of drug-making materials such as scales and water pipes.
It was found Ellis had sent five offers by phone to supply dangerous drugs to other people.
The court was told that a day after Ellis sent a text offering LSD, police were at his door and it was believed that connection always intended to alert police to Ellis’s illegal activity.
Despite a criminal history of drug possession, Judge Dennis Lynch gave Ellis 12 months’ probation, saying the sentence could be a second chance.
“It’s not meant to be a hindrance to you, it’s actually meant to be an assistance,” he said.
“But if you treat them as enemy, then it’s going to end in tears, most likely from you.”