East Lancashire would-be cannabis dealer goes free

First published in Church

A WOULD-be dealer who had a 'cannabis kit' and over 100 grams of the drug at his home has walked free from court.

Simon Morris, 35, who told police he would have sold the skunk cannabis to friends, had bags of the drug in his bedroom and had hidden cannabis inside a wok.

He said his partner knew nothing about the kit, Burnley Crown Court was told.

Officers had gone to search the defendant's home in Church after he had been accused of stealing jewellery worth £6,000 while working as a carpet fitter.

He was later cleared of the theft allegation after a trial by jury.

Morris, of Norfolk Grove, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply. He was given eight months in jail, suspended for 18 months, with 120 hours’ unpaid work.

The hearing was told Morris, who had no convictions since 2003, went to prison in 1999.

He now faces a proceeds of crime hearing on March 21.

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