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Pot smoker caught with drugs in Celebrations box told to ‘grow up’ as father left to settle fine

Suffolk Magistrates' Court, in Ipswich  Picture: ARCHANT

Suffolk Magistrates' Court, in Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT

A jobless drug user has been told to ‘grow up’ and start paying his way after leaving his father to settle a court fine for cannabis and cocaine possession.

Keith Brown’s dependence on his father was labelled ‘outrageous’ at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court, where he admitted possessing 27.1 grammes of cannabis resin and 1.89g of cocaine on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old’s car was pulled over by police in Halesworth at about 1.30am on April 17.

According to prosecutor Lesla Small, officers could smell cannabis in the vehicle, which was carrying two passengers.

Although Brown passed a roadside drug test, he admitted having smoked cannabis recently, the court heard.

Ms Small said a search of the car turned up 27.1 grammes of cannabis stashed inside a Celebrations sweet box.

“When asked who it belonged to, no-one admitted ownership,” she added.

“One of the vehicle’s occupants then disclosed it belonged to Mr Brown and said ‘let me speak to him and he’ll tell you’.”

Brown admitted possessing the drug for personal use, leading police to search his family home in Wramplingham, near Wymondham, where they found cocaine with an estimated street value of £420, crack cocaine worth £190 and another £90 of cannabis resin, along with £150 in cash.

Brown told police the drugs were funded by money earned working for a tree surgeon.

He denied being involved in supplying drugs and gave police the pass code to his mobile phone, which contained no evidence to suggest otherwise.

Brown was last before the court in May this year, when he was fined £80 by Oxford magistrates for cannabis possession.

Jobless since August, he was said to already owe £5,700 to his father, who would also be footing a £55 fine for cannabis possession, a £120 fine for cocaine possession, £85 in costs and a £30 surcharge towards victim services.

Presiding magistrate Andrew Wade said: “This is outrageous.

“You stand there with no visible means of support.

“All you can say is that your father will pay the fines.

“Why don’t you grow up, stop taking drugs and start paying your way?

“You ought to have a serious conversation with your father.

“If you come here again, you’re heading for custody. Do you understand? That means prison.”

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