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Drug addict gets suspended sentence

PUBLISHED: 10:42 19 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:38 06 July 2010

A SUFFOLK man who was addicted to cannabis has been given a suspended prison sentence for supplying the drug.

A police officer who stopped a car in Normanston Drive, Lowestoft, in which Robert Coe was a passenger smelled cannabis and asked him if he was a cannabis user, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

A SUFFOLK man who was addicted to cannabis has been given a suspended prison sentence for supplying the drug.

A police officer who stopped a car in Normanston Drive, Lowestoft, in which Robert Coe was a passenger smelled cannabis and asked him if he was a cannabis user, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

When an officer started to search the car Coe, 22, said he had a bag of cannabis in the car and offered to get it.

He produced a carrier bag but then ran off and was caught shortly afterwards by officers, said Stephen Rose, prosecuting.

He said the carrier bag contained 51.2g of cannabis and a box also found in the car contained 36.8 g of cannabis.

A £2 bag of ecstasy tablets was also discovered and when police searched the car used to take Coe to the police station they found £25 worth of amphetamine.

Coe, of Chediston Street, Halesworth, admitted supplying cannabis and possession of amphetamine, ecstasy and cannabis.

He was given a 32-week jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work in the community. He was also made the subject of a two year supervision order.

Rachel Ellis, for Coe, said he had purchased cannabis for his own use but was approached by someone he vaguely knew who asked him to sell him some for £30.

She said the amphetamine and ecstasy had been given to Coe at a party.

Miss Ellis said Coe had started using cannabis at 15 or 16 and was addicted to it.

He had recently been seeing a drug worker and was keen to address his cannabis problem.

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