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Maryport drugs possession man dubbed “walking pharmacy” by judge

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN who committed drugs supply crimes was spared immediate prison by a judge but told: “There are no further chances.”

Ryan Neil Simpson, 39, was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court for possessing illicit substances on two separate dates early last year.

Simpson was found to have amphetamine and cannabis when police raided an address in Maryport on March 1, and later when they searched his home. More of those drugs, along with class C diazepam and buprenorphine tablets, were found in his possession after he was seen acting strangely in the town’s Co-op several weeks later.

In total, he had possessed almost a quarter of a kilo of amphetamine – worth an estimated £2,000 – across the two dates.

Simpson, of Well Lane, Maryport, admitted illegal possession of all four drugs, the cannabis and amphetamine with intent to supply.

Judge James Adkin heard he was “motivated to change” after long-term drug use. He suspended a 14-month jail term for two years and ordered Simpson to undergo intensive drug rehabilitation for 12 months.

“You were, in essence, a walking pharmacy,” said Judge Adkin as he spared Simpson custody. “There are no further chances.”

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