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Drug dealer "spooked" by car hides drugs stash on South Cumbria farm

A DRUG dealer who was "spooked" by a car parked in a rural lane got a farmer to hide his stash of ecstasy tablets and cocaine in a field.

The next day the farmer was arrested after police swooped on the isolated farm at Lindale, near Grange, and found the drugs buried in a plastic tub under a stone in a field.

Now grandfather Jonathan Twigge, 54, has been given a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty at Carlisle Crown Court (TUES) to possessing the £3,936-worth of class A drugs – 99 ecstasy tablets and 29 grams of cocaine - with intent to supply them.

The court heard that Twigge – a 54-year-old who has been using hard drugs for more than 25 years –pleaded guilty only on the basis that he was looking after the drugs for the drug-dealing friend who had been too worried by the “suspicious” car to take them away with him after visiting him.

The court heard that after spotting the car in such an unlikely location the man initially asked Twigge to keep the drugs in his caravan until he felt it was safe to return for them.

But Twigge refused because he liked to keep his drugs away from his partner, who disapproved of his long-standing habit.

So he hid them under a stone just beyond the boundary of his own land, but they were found the following day when police arrived at the “rural backwater” and “gave the property a thorough going-over,” said prosecuting barrister Greg Hoare.

The court heard that despite having a serious drugs habit for a quarter of a century Twigge was “a salt-of-the-earth character and a helpful member of his community.”

Twigge was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years, and put on probation for 12 months.

Judge Barbara Forrester told him he could easily have been sent straight to prison, but she added: “It seems your life is split into two halves – a hard-working farmer working seven days a week, 24 hours a day to support his family, and a drug user who enjoys taking controlled drugs knowing full well that they are illegal.
“I suspect being locked up in prison would be very difficult for a man like you, who spends most of his life in the fresh air with his animals.”

Have your say

I work hard and have a family and grandchildren,so can I break the law? No I can't. So why should he.He should set a good example.Send him to prison get drugs off our streets.

Posted by dave on 13 February 2013 at 12:58

I just can't understand why the police waste money catching these people ,when they get away with it.I didn't get away with a parking ticket.let alone drugs.

Posted by dave on 13 February 2013 at 12:49

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