Sean Hunt told police he couldn’t afford to support his family on the £135 a week he was paid in benefits
The Manchester Evening News reports
A man turned to drug dealing after losing his job, claiming that his Universal Credit payment wasn’t enough to support his family.
Sean Hunt began selling cannabis to provide for his family before he was caught by police twice in the space of a month, Lancashire Live reports.
After being arrested, Hunt claimed he had started dealing as he couldn’t afford to support his family on the £135 a week he was paid in benefits.
He told police that his earnings from selling the Class B drug totalled around £200 a week.
Hunt was jailed at Preston Crown Court as a Judge told the 32-year-old he was ‘at the end of the road.’
Prosecuting, Sara Haque said that officers were on non-uniform patrol in Skelmersdale, Lancashire on May 15 last year.
“At 6.25pm, they saw the defendant in a black Passat vehicle parked near the Sandy Lane shops,” she told the court.
“The officers saw what appeared to be a suspicious exchange at the driver’s window before the vehicle drove off.”
Police followed the car and parked behind it before asking Hunt to step out while they carried out a search, the court heard.