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Whitehaven man handed suspended jail term for cannabis supply crime

[A] WHITEHAVEN man has received a suspended prison sentence for a cannabis supply crime.

Kyle Bennett’s offending came to light after police stopped his vehicle in West Cumbria on March 22. Cannabis was located in the 31-year-old’s sock and underneath a seat. When police searched a caravan linked to him, they discovered 560g of cannabis in two bags.

Carlisle Crown Court heard the total amount recovered was 836g, potentially worth up to more than £8,000.

Bennett admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply. At his sentencing hearing today (THURS), it emerged he had become addicted to the class B substance after losing a limb in a motorcycle accident.

He smoked the drug to cope with mental and physical pain. Not all of the cannabis recovered by police belonged to him, although he accepted some would have been supplied to “close family and friends”.

Judge James Adkin suspended a 12-month prison term for two years. He ordered Bennett, of Fell View Avenue, Whitehaven, to complete a four-month curfew and undergo rehabilitation to curb his cannabis use.

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