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Devon stun gun drug dealer jailed

Corey Collinson Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police/ BBC
Image caption Corey Collinson had more than £1,000 worth of cannabis and a stun gun in his home

A drug dealer found with an illegal stun gun that looked like a torch, next to his stash of drugs, has been jailed.

Corey Collinson, 25, was sentenced to three years and nine months for possessing a stun gun and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Police raided his home with a drugs dog in Tiverton, Devon on November 3, 2016.

They found 204 grams of cannabis with an estimated street value of £1,350, and £2,375 cash kept on top of a wardrobe.

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Collinson, of Park Street, Tiverton, claimed a friend had left the weapon at his house, but Devon and Cornwall police officers suspected he used it in his cannabis dealing.

He was found with the weapon in a box kept on top of a wardrobe, alongside drugs, scales, and snap bags.

The judge, Recorder Mr Martin Meeke, QC told him: "I have given this case anxious consideration. It was not a rifle, shotgun or pistol and could not discharge a bullet and to that extent it differs from what is normally seen as a firearm.

"There is no suggestion you had it for any specific intent although there must be suspicions when a weapon is found in the hands of a drug dealer, which you undoubtedly were.

"I take into account your personal circumstances and the fact you are hard working, have good references and I am conscious of the imminent birth of your child."

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