Ipswich: Judge jails man as message to drug suppliers

A man who offered to supply others with cannabis has been sent to prison for six weeks as a message to other suppliers.

Benjamin Durcan pleaded guilty to offering to supply cannabis between March 22 and March 28, of this year.

The 21-year-old, of Valley Road, Ipswich, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was branded a “street supplier”.

During the hearing, the court heard commuication alleged to be between Durcan and potential customers.

Representing Durcan, Ian Duckworth told the court that his client had not offended for a number of months since he was arrested for the offence.

Mr Duckworth asked that credit was given for his client’s guilty plea.

When sentencing, District Judge David Cooper, said: “To me it is clear that he has been a vigorous and active street supplier.

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“He hasn’t really made a contribution to society.”

Judge Cooper added: “I have to send a message out to other suppliers and for that reason I am sentencing you (Durcan) to six weeks in prison.

“You do get credit for pleading guilty.

“It is a pretty good message to street suppliers.”

During the hearing Durcan was also ordered to forfeit his mobile phone.