A BARNSLEY drug pusher who was jailed for dealing cannabis to fund his own habit has failed to win a cut in his sentence.

Gary Darlington, 38, was caught with hundreds of pounds worth of the drug, a cannabis grinder, scales and dealer bags when police stopped him on separate occasions last year.

Darlington, of Sheffield Road, was handed a three-year term at Sheffield Crown Court in May after he pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing Class C drugs with intent to supply.

Three of the country's most senior judges at London's Court of Appeal have rejected a sentence challenge by Darlington.

Mrs Justice Cox said Darlington, a long-term cannabis user with an 'appalling' criminal record, was caught red-handed last year.

While being chased by police on March 15, Darlington discarded a bag stuffed with cannabis worth £270 and a mobile phone, the appeal judge said.

He was arrested and officers later recovered small amounts of herbal cannabis, resin, weighing scales and dealer bags during a search of his home.

Mrs Justice Cox said Darlington was 'verbally and physically aggressive' towards police and refused to give an interview, threatening to spit on any officer or solicitor who tried to talk to him.

After he was released on police bail, officers stopped Darlington on May 17 and found he was holding cannabis with a street value of £170 in a carrier bag.

He was arrested again nine days later after he was spotted dealing in a park. On him, police found almost 100 re-sealable bags, a cannabis grater, scales and a small amount of the drug.

Darlington later admitted the three drug-dealing charges, along with counts of possession of Class B and C drugs.

He had previous convictions for 13 offences, including for possession of cannabis and heroin. In 2009, he was handed a nine-month jail term for possessing a Class C drug with intent to supply, the appeal judge added.