Man caught with cannabis at Rec

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A Stowmarket man caught with a carrier bag full of skunk cannabis leaves and £1,000 cash on the town’s recreation ground, has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Jonathon Rogers, 24, of Hill Rise, Stowmarket, had earlier pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply on July 22 and supplying cannabis between May and July.

On Tuesday he was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for one year, by Judge Peter Fenn at Ipswich Crown Court.

Prosecutor Michael Crimp said that a police officer had seen a group of people on the Recreation Ground on July 22.

As the officer approached them Rogers walked off but was stopped because he smelled of cannabis. When asked if he had any drugs Rogers said: “I have some weed.”

It was found that Rogers was in possession of a carrier bag filled with cannabis leaves and was carrying £1,000 in cash. Checks later confirmed the cannabis was of the strong ‘skunk’ variety.

When interviewed, Rogers told police that he purchased cannabis from a supplier and sold on the drug to others at the price of £10 per gram.

Joanne Eley, in mitigation, said that Rogers had made genuine changes to his life since his arrest and had dramatically reduced his own use of the drug.

Miss Eley said: “He will never do anything like this again. These proceedings and time spent at the police station came as a real shock to him. It has come as a real awakening.”

The court heard that Rogers, a trained falconer, had been unable to find employment working with birds of prey and had worked in a number of factory jobs since completing his three year apprenticeship.

The court heard that the benefit that Rogers had gained from his offending was calculated at £2,075. He had £1,075 available which would be forfeited.