Ex-boyfriend of Cumbria Lotto winner Callie Rogers jailed for drug dealing
Last updated at 14:53, Saturday, 24 January 2009
The ex boyfriend of Lotto winner Callie Rogers has been jailed for dealing cocaine following a raid on her home.
Ryan Thompson, 20, had cocaine with a street value of £5,000 stashed in the millionaire’s home in Solway View, Sunny Hill, Whitehaven, when police raided it on December 3.
He also had £2,500 hidden in clothing under the sofa.
Drugs paraphernalia including electronic scales, plastic bags, two mobile phones and a black book containing the names and phone numbers of debtors was also found at the house.
Carlisle Crown Court was told that Miss Rogers, who was initially arrested in the drugs bust but later released without charge, knew nothing of Thompson’s dealing.
Miss Rogers was 16 when she scooped £1.9m in the National Lottery in 2003.
Thompson admitted three counts of supplying cocaine and one of possessing the class A drug with intent to supply.
He also admitted illegally possessing a stun gun which he said he bought in Turkey.
Prosecutor Gerard Rogerson said: “When Mr Thompson was interviewed he was forthright and frank with the police.”
Drugs – weighing about 130.5g – were found in cupboards and wardrobes in the house and in a coffee container in the kitchen.
Andrew Ford, mitigating, said: “This is a sad case of a decent person who committed a grave crime.
“He has the support of a very good family.
“They saw his descent into cocaine addiction and stopped tolerating him in their homes.
“He got a cocaine habit that he couldn’t afford and that’s when his lies began.
“He started to live on friends sofas and then with a partner who he hid this from. She had nothing to do with it and their relationship ended on the day of the arrest. It was a complete surprise to her.
“He realises that what he did was utterly stupid and he told me that he wished he had realised before what a brilliant family he had.
“He feels awful about the embarrassment, shame and hurt he has caused his family.”
The court was told that Thompson was studying business and maths and going to the gym at Lancaster Farms prison.
Sentencing Thompson Judge Barbara Forrester said: “This isn’t a sad case – it’s tragic. You were a young man who had everything going for you.
“You got some passes at GCSE and you had a job until you could not get up for work.
“You started dealing to support your own habit.
“You have found out the hard way that it does happen and it happened to you.”
She sentenced him to 22 months for supplying and possessing cocaine and a further two months for possessing the stun gun.
Thompson, who had no previous convictions, has already served 49 days on remand.
First published at 09:04, Saturday, 24 January 2009
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