Man told to hand over £860 by court for possessing cannabis with intent to supply

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A Bury St Edmunds man who admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply has been ordered by a judge to hand over more than £850.

Oliver Clements, 21, of Salter Close, was handed a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court in January.

On Thursday Clements returned to court for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing designed to recoup as much as possible of what he gained from his crime.

The court heard that specialist financial investigators established that Clements benefited by £1,890 and had available assets totalling £860 which was cash seized from him by the police.

Judge John Holt ordered Clements to forfeit the full £860 within the next seven days.

In January the court was told that Clements, along with 19-year-old Jack Allen of Layhill Close, Bury St Edmunds, were arrested in Raedwald Drive on May 3 last year.

Allen’s car was seen in Sebert Road with a defective headlight and and failed to stop for police. The vehicle then pursued by police to Raedwald Drive, where the pair got out of the car and continued ran off.

After being stopped in the street by officers, Clements was seen to throw an object away between two cars which was later discovered to be seventeen wraps of cannabis.

Clements and Allen were each sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years and were ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.