Man found in car with drugs is jailed

York Crown Court
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A man has been jailed after being found by police intending to sell drugs near Scarborough’s university campus.

Steven Webster, 44, was found sat in a car with the drugs close to the University of Hull Scarborough Campus, in Filey Road on May 16, last year.

Despite what has been described by the judge as an initial ‘cock and bull’ story during the initial interview with police officers, Webster, later admitted one charge each of possessing cannabis and amphetamine with intent to supply.

Following the guilty pleas Webster, of Kealier Court, in Wooler Street, appeared before York Crown Court on Monday for sentencing.

The court heard how a police officer became suspicious about the a vehicle parked near the university.

The officer decided to quiz the occupant, which led to the carrying out of search when because Webster had seemed nervous.

It was then that a holdall was found in the car containing £335 worth of cannabis and £35 worth of amphetamine all packed into plastic bags along with a set of scales.

Initially Webster, himself a cannabis user, told the police that he had found the drugs near his home after seeing someone acting suspiciously and had simply transferred them to his car.

He went on to tell the police that, if someone had offered him a flat screen TV for the drugs, he would have handed them over.

Taryn Turner, mitigating, told the court that Webster had lived rough for a time after an argument led to a split between her client and his partner.

Adding that Webster had since found accommodation in Kealia Court, Mrs Turner said that if Webster was jailed he would not be able to keep the home that he shares with his son.

Judge Shaun Spencer QC, heard that on Webster’s list of previous convictions were some for possession of drugs with intent to supply.

The court was also told that Webster had breached the terms of a suspended sentence in the past.

After heraing the evidence and describing Webster’s initial claim to have found the drugs as a ‘cock and bull’ story, the judge jailed him for eight months.