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Drugs worth £6,000 found when police stopped van

PUBLISHED: 07:45 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 07:45 11 September 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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When police stopped and searched a van in Thetford it led officers to discover cannabis with a potential street value of more than £6,000, a court heard.

Michael Shrigley, 36, described as a “career criminal” was a passenger in the van, which was found to have a bags of off-cuts of cannabis and a machine used for trimming the plants in the back, Norwich Crown Court was told last week.

Duncan O’Donnell, prosecuting, that police then went on to carry out a search of Shrigley’s home in Admirals Way, and found a bucket containing herbal flowering cannabis with a potential street value of £6,750 to £9,000.

The court heard that Shrigley claimed he was just looking after the cannabis and in return was going to be given some of the drugs.

Mr O’Donnell said during the search police also recovered some valuables including a passport which had been stolen from cars in the Thetford area and police also recovered items taken from holiday lodges, in Bury St Edmunds.

Shrigley admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply on March 26, this year, and handling stolen goods.

The court heard that Shrigley had a long record of offending with 30 convictions for 91 offences, including drug offences.

Jonathan Goodman, for Shrigley, said that he was simply going to store the cannabis in return for some drugs.

He said: “He was under the direction of others.”

As for the handling charges, Mr Goodman said Shrigley allowed someone to leave a sports bag at his address containing stolen items.

“He knew or suspected they were stolen but turned a blind eye.”

Mr Goodman said that Shrigley had put his time while on remand to good use and wanted to stop offending in future.

Jailing him for 11 months, Judge Katharine Moore told him he was a “career criminal” but accepted he was now making efforts while on remand.

She said in the past no sentence had appeared to deter him from offending a
nd added: “The time has 
come for you to mend your ways.”

She also ordered confiscation of £248 which was seized at the time of his arrest and also confiscation of the cutting machinery seized.

Judge Moore also ordered the destruction of the cannabis seized at Shrigley’s arrest.

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