Suspended sentence for cannabis haul

Scales of justice
Scales of justice

A 22-YEAR-OLD man who agreed to store cannabis valued at more than £4,000 has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Jonathan Miller walked free from Durham Crown Court despite already being the subject of an earlier suspended sentence.

“His record indicates he played a minor role in a cash for crash scam,” said Bill Davison, defending.

“He was to be the man who sat in the back of the car while others made the false compensation claim.

“The suspended sentence for that offence in 2012 still had two months to run when he was caught with the cannabis.”

The court heard police searched Miller’s house in March of this year.

“Various packages of cannabis were found, which had a total estimated street value of £4,339,” said Martin Towers, prosecuting.

“Miller told police he was a cannabis user, and had agreed to store the drugs in exchange for a small amount for himself.

“There is no evidence to contradict that assertion.”

Miller, 22, of Keswick Road, Peterlee, admitted possessing a class B drug with intent to supply it.

Mr Davison told the court Miller had been taken advantage of in both the cash for crash and drugs offences.

“He realises he should not have involved himself in either,” added Mr Davison.

“He has sought help with is drugs use and is in work.”

Judge Robert Adams sentenced Miller to 12 weeks in custody, suspended for 18 months, 12 months supervision, 120 hours of community work, and a £50 fine for breaching the earlier suspended sentence.

The judge told Miller: “I am not going to activate the earlier sentence because it was close to expiry.

“The fact you are in work is a significant factor in my decision to suspend the sentence for the drugs offence.

“But you should realise if you offend again, particularly in relation to drugs, you will almost inevitably go to custody.”

The judge ordered the confiscation and destruction of the drugs.