A SCARBOROUGH man who pleaded guilty to possessing £8,000 of cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply has been jailed for 18 months.
York Crown Court heard how Justin Cook, 35, of North Marine Road, had been transporting his own cannabis from across The Pennines when police officers stopped his car on February 3 as it travelled back to Scarborough on the A64 at Stockton-on-the-Forest, York.
The 35-year-old admitted to officers that he had cannabis in the boot of his car but failed to disclose any other information. A sniffer dog then searched the vehicle and found hidden Class “A” cocaine, said Robin Atwell, prosecuting at York Crown Court on Wednesday last week.
Cook, who has prior convictions for possessing drugs, was appearing for sentencing, having previously pleaded guilty to one charge each of possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply.
Taryn Turner, mitigating, said that her client often made the trip to Oldham, Lancashire, to see his family, bulk purchasing cannabis for himself and a friend whilst there.
However, she said, he had been asked by another to transport the cocaine on this one occasion and was then caught out on his way back to Scarborough.
Mrs Turner said that Cook still played a major role in his children’s lives following the breakdown of his marriage and his wife’s return to Lancashire and that a custodial sentence would be hard on this relationship. She added he had now stopped all drug use.
Passing sentence, The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said that anyone involved in the transportation of drugs was committing a serious offence.
He said: “This court recognizes that there is a significant drug problem in Scarborough, as you no doubt well know, and deals with the results of this on an almost daily basis”.
Without people like him, the judge added, dealers would not be able to make the large profits they apparently do in Scarborough.
Judge Ashurst said that those involved in such trade had to take the consequences and jailed him for 18 months.