A CHARD man who was caught with hundreds of pounds worth of drugs at his home and confessed he intended to sell it on the streets has been sent to Taunton Crown Court to be sentenced.

The police executed a search warrant at the home address of Shane Hains and while there discovered a stash of cannabis which had been separated and weighed into individual bags.

He admitted he was involved in drug dealing and after being arrested appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates at Yeovil.

Hains, 32, of Alun Rees Way, pleaded guilty to a charge that on July 9 at Chard he had in his possession a quantity of cannabis (class B) with intent to supply to another.

Prosecutor Emma Lenanton said that the police attended the defendant’s home address and executed a misuse of drugs act warrant on July 9.

“They found Hains inside and he was told the premises were going to be searched and found a quantity of cannabis that had already been weighed into 40 individual bags,” she said.

“Hains attended a voluntary interview at Chard police station and admitted that he had intended to sell the cannabis and confirmed the amount that was seized.

“When asked to give his account he said that he had intended to sell the cannabis and would be asking £10 for 1g of the drug.

“He confirmed there were 40 bags and said he would sell it to people who were calling or messaging him.”

Defending solicitor Sam Morton said that Hains had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and said that the complainant had intended to sell the drugs.

“He confirmed there were 40 bags with an estimated value of £400 and when asked how he felt about the situation he said he initially bought the cannabis for his own use,” he said.

“However he then ran into a fairly desperate financial situation and saw this as a way out of that, somewhat stupidly.”

The magistrates sad the case was so serious that Hains would have to be sent to Taunton Crown Court to be sentenced.

They adjourned the case until October 26 and requested the Probation Service to prepare a pre sentence report for the next hearing.

They ordered the defendant to appear at the crown court on that date and until then they released him on unconditional bail.