Drug supply jail warning

PUBLISHED: 12:37 03 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:45 31 May 2010

A SAFFRON Walden man who was said to have supplied cannabis to up to a dozen of his friends was given a suspended prison sentence on Friday. Recorder Rex Bryan warned Benjamin Sillett, 24, that if he committed such an offence again he would go straight

A SAFFRON Walden man who was said to have supplied cannabis to "up to a dozen" of his friends was given a suspended prison sentence on Friday.

Recorder Rex Bryan warned Benjamin Sillett, 24, that if he committed such an offence again he would go "straight inside".

Sillett, of Upsheres Road, Saffron Walden, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court to possessing cannabis with intent to supply and was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

He was also placed under the supervision of a probation officer for 12 months, ordered to do 60 hours unpaid community work and pay prosecution costs of £1,200.

Marc Brown, prosecuting, said on October 14 last year police officers went with a search warrant to Sillett's address in Saffron Walden. As they arrived a VW Golf car driven by the defendant pulled onto the driveway.

Sillett got out of the car and officers approached him and said they believed he was in possession of controlled drugs.

Police searched the car and house and found several separate amounts of cannabis. In total they recovered 123 grammes of cannabis with a street value of between £560 and £700.

Police seized £100 from Sillett's bedroom and a Nokia mobile phone containing text messages, which appeared to relate to requests for supplies of small amounts of cannabis.

Also found were "tick lists" containing up to a dozen names of friends and acquaintances of the defendant, the court was told.

The court heard that Sillett had a conviction in October 2003, for the possession of cannabis.

Edward Connell, defending, said Sillett was supplying to a small circle of friends and fellow-users and did not appreciate the seriousness of his conduct. He was not making any commercial profit.

"He accepts full responsibility for his offending and is ashamed of his behaviour," said Mr Connell.

Sillett resorted to using cannabis to help him deal with increasing levels of stress and anxiety. Since this incident he had reduced his use of cannabis and was receiving counselling to address drug misuse, said Mr Connell.

Recorder Bryan told Sillett: "It's a serious matter to supply prohibited drugs to other people, whether you did it for profit or not."

He ordered the forfeiture of the drugs and confiscation of the £100 found in Sillett's bedroom and the mobile phone.

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