Police catch man with bag of drugs

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A man was caught red-handed with hundreds of pounds of cannabis by police who were investigating a suspected burglary.

Christopher Brown had picked up hundreds of pounds of cannabis bush for friends, a court heard.

He has now been given a suspended prison sentence by a judge, who was told he had been “chastened” by the experience of going through the criminal justice system.

The 25-year-old, of Arundel Drive, Poulton, had pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Charles Brown, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said it was around half past midnight on November 9 last year that police were called to Arundel Drive, Poulton, after getting reports of a burglary.

Brown was spotted riding a bicycle, with a rucksack on his back. Inside the bag was 65g of cannabis bush, with a street value of £820.

A bundle of rolled-up bank notes worth £760 was in his sock.

A number of drug-related messages were found on a mobile phone.

John Woodward, defending, said Brown was very hard-working and very well thought of by others. At the time in November last year he had been collecting the drugs on behalf of a number of pals.

“He has been chastened by the whole experience of the court process,” the barrister added.

“He is very sorry for what happened.

“It is just over 12 months now since it happened.

“He has not re-offended since, and has stopped consuming cannabis.”

The court was told that Brown had bought the drug in bulk for himself and for friends, because it was cheaper. He was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for a year, with 200 hours’ unpaid work.