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Drug dealer who tried to use air freshener to hide cannabis smell jailed

A man who tried to mask the smell of cannabis in a block of flats in Stone by spraying air freshener as a police officer approached him has been jailed.

Stafford Crown Court heard that Dougie Patterson was spraying the fragrance in the communal area of his flats in Stafford Road on 13 July, when he was approached by an officer.

Due to a strong smell of cannabis, a search was conducted of Patterson’s flat at around 7pm.

Although nothing was found, officers searched another flat in the block and discovered a padlocked sports holdall.

The padlock keys were found on Patterson. Officers opened the bag and seized 38 freezer bags of cannabis weighing 1.16kg, £680 in cash and numerous deal bags.

The cannabis was later valued at around £10,600 for street deals.

Patterson, of Walton Grange, Stafford Road, was sentenced to 19 months behind bars after admitting possession with intent to supply cannabis.

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