Ipswich man who had cannabis worth £300 tried to flee from police after vehicle stop

Man in court for possessing cannabis

Man in court for possessing cannabis - Credit: Archant

A young man who tried to run away from police after the car he was in was stopped has admitted possessing cannabis worth £300.

Sam Brookes, of Fitzwilliam Close, Ipswich, pleaded guilty the offence, which took place on June 26, when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor Philip Pearson said officers topped a vehicle just before noon.

Brookes was inside the car where police found a cannabis grinder.

The 22-year-old ran off and was chased before being stopped a short distance away.

The court heard by then Brookes had thrown away one bag of cannabis, but was found to be in possession of two more.

A member of the public picked up the other bag and handed it to police.

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In total the cannabis seized weighed 30 grams.

When magistrates asked how much it would have been worth they were told around £300.

Brookes, representing himself, said: “It was all for personal use.

“What else can I say? I was caught with it. It was mine.”

He added he had not been driving the car which was stopped and had been using cannabis since he was 14 years old.

Brookes was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £85. He must also pay £30 to the victims’ fund.