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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Carlisle cannabis man spared prison

A man has been spared an immediate prison term after being caught with cannabis.

Simon Pipes, 22, was sentenced to eight months in jail, to be suspended for two years, after appearing before Carlisle Crown Court.

Pipes, of Baird Road, Harraby, Carlisle, was found with four bags of cannabis bush after the car he was driving was stopped by police on the city’s Harraby estate.

Officers checked the Skoda in Central Avenue on May 4.

The court was told Pipes was driving.

Gerard Rogerson, prosecuting, said: “He volunteered that he was in possession of two small bags of cannabis bush.

“The Skoda was searched and two further bags of cannabis bush were found.”

The drugs had a street level value of £45.

In police interview, Pipes accepted he was setting up a drugs deal.

He pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply it.

Greg Hoare, mitigating for Pipes, said his client was working three days a week as a roofer.

Judge Paul Batty QC, passing sentence, said Pipes should also be supervised for a year and pay £200 costs.

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