Teenager loses car after drugs deal
A KESGRAVE teenager who teamed up with another man to buy cannabis to sell to friends has had his car confiscated by the courts.James Street, 19, of Wright Lane and Jody McCreath, 22, of Dickson Terrace, also of Kesgrave, both admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply on December 12 – before the drug was downgraded from calls B to class C.
A KESGRAVE teenager who teamed up with another man to buy cannabis to sell to friends has had his car confiscated by the courts.
James Street, 19, of Wright Lane and Jody McCreath, 22, of Dickson Terrace, also of Kesgrave, both admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply on December 12 - before the drug was downgraded from calls B to class C.
Police officers found the drugs after they stopped and searched a car driven in Foxhall Road, Ipswich, South East Suffolk Magistrates were told.
They carried out their search after they stopped the vehicle and smelt cannabis when driver Street wound down his car window.
Prosecutor Godfried Duah said passenger McCreath got out of the car and handed over a tin which contained a small amount of the drug.
The officers then searched the car and found a total of £550 worth of cannabis in the vehicle.
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In police interview Street admitted the drugs were for his own use and they would sell the rest on, without making a profit.
Roger Stewart, mitigating, said: "It was regarded social supply rather than commercial supply by the police.
"They are two young men of previous good character who have in the past smoked cannabis and in a circle of people who also indulge.
"The circle of friends got together and these two were commissioned to go out and get a supply so they could buy it cheaply.
"They made no profit.
"They were stocking up for the Christmas period for their friends and stopped on the way back to their address.
"They both realised how stupid they were and what a serious situation it put them in."
Magistrates fined them both £1,000 and ordered them to pay £70 prosecution costs.
Street was ordered to forfeit his £700 car and pay the remaining balance of £300 plus court costs.
An order was made for the forfeiture and destruction of the drug.
Cannabis has been downgraded from a class B to a class C drug although it is still illegal.