Men from Reydon and Great Yarmouth sentenced after drugs found in car in Lowestoft

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

Police stopped a car in central Lowestoft and discovered a carrier bag containing bags of skunk cannabis with an estimated street value of £3,000, a court was told.

After stopping the car in Whapload Road officers also found more than £2,195 in cash and arrested the driver, 34-year-old Mark Donoghue. But the discovery also led them to search the home of Richard Collis, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and there they found a further £2,000 cash.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, told Ipswich Crown Court that three months later, police searched Collis’s home again and this time found £600 worth of skunk cannabis and £995 cash.

Collis, 34, of Stedman Terrace, Reydon, admitted two offences of possessing cannabis with intent to supply, two offences of possessing criminal property and breaching a 16-week prison sentence suspended for two years.

He was jailed for 24 months with eight weeks of the suspended prison sentence to run consecutively.

Donoghue, of Rodney Road, Great Yarmouth, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possessing criminal property. He was given a 14-month prison sentence which was suspended for 18 months and was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Michael Clare, for Donoghue, said his client had been addicted to cannabis for 10 years and he and some friends had bought the drug in bulk for their own use.

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Ian James, for Collis, said that his client had sought solace in the heavy use of cannabis.