Man peddled sleeping pills to keep fit fans

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A MAN who sold sleeping pills to help keep-fit enthusiasts wind down after the gym found himself before a judge.

When police raided Steven Doyle’s home they found two bags containing 1,282 diazapam tablets, £470 cash and a small amount of cannabis resin. Liverpool Crown Court heard Doyle had been selling the tablets at three for 50 pence.

Interviewed by police, the 29-year-old said the cannabis was for his own use. He admitted knowing the diazapam was Class C but did not realise it was so serious to be supplying them to help folk sleep, said prosecutor Harry Pepper. He said he sold them to former workmates and people at a local gym to help them sleep. It had not made much money and £350 found at his home was a maternity payment.

Defending, Philip Martin said Doyle had been selling pills because of a shoulder injury and, as he is a self-employed bricklayer, he had been unable to claim benefits.

Doyle, of Battersby Street, Leigh, pleaded guilty to possessing Class C drugs with intent to supply and possessing cannabis. Imposing a six-month jail term suspended for 12 months, Recorder Guy Mathieson said drug dealing is a serious offence and said Doyle could have been jailed for 18 months.

He said Doyle had been trying “to make a fast buck” but because he is now working, has a family and his lack of relevant previous convictions, he would not impose an immediate jail term.

The judge ordered him to attend a New Direction Activities probation course and confiscated the £450 cash.