Man ‘acted as drug courier to help pay off £500 debt’

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A Scarborough man who acted as a drug courier to pay off his £500 debt with a supplier has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Jamie Spencer, 29, of Crown Crescent, appeared at York Crown Court, where he was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work.

The ecology student admitted charges of supplying the drug, possessing cannabis with intent to supply and producing it

The court heard that despite selling cannabis to friends to support his own habit, Spencer still managed to get himself into debt and had a go at buying his own cannabis plants in an attempt to reduce his costs.

Helen Wheatley, prosecuting, told how matters came to light when a car being driven by Spencer was stopped in a routine police check.

The officer could smell cannabis when he approached the car, with Spencer then producing a package containing £1,000 of the drug.

Spencer’s home was then searched and a 15x4ft growing room discovered, along with a small amount of cannabis and an i-phone containing incriminating incoming and outgoing text messages.

The court heard that Spencer had no previous convictions and was an intelligent man with possibly a good future ahead of him.

Passing sentence, Judge Neil Clark told Spencer the supply of cannabis usually led to an immediate custodial sentence.

He said Spencer’s previous good character and promise for the future had allowed another course to be taken.