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Man agreed to store drugs at his Carrville home to meet his own debts to dealer
A MAN pressured into allowing drugs to be kept and prepared at his house has escaped an immediate prison sentence.
Jonathan Ian Flowers agreed to store cocaine and amphetamines to help meet his debt to a drug dealer.
The cache was seized by police during a raid at the premises, in Durham, on February 3 last year.
Durham Crown Court heard that as officers arrived at the house, in Oakham Drive, Carrville, Flowers ran out of the back door.
Jane Mitford, prosecuting, said he was detained as he tried to climb over the garden fence, while carrying a bag.
A total of 49.2g of cocaine and 1,228g of amphetamines, plus mixing agents, were found in the bag.
Miss Mitford said a further 32.7g of cannabis was recovered from the house and a stun gun was found in a kitchen drawer.
Police estimated the drugs carried a street value of £15,375, while the stun gun could emit 23,400 volts, enough to cause temporary incapacitation.
Flowers told police he held the cocaine, amphetamines and cutting agents on behalf of others who he would not name.
He said he felt he had no choice but to store them and allow them to be cut and prepared at his house because he owed the owners money, through drug debts.
Miss Mitford added that Flowers’ criminal record includes drug-related offences, one of which resulted in a previous prison sentence.
Flowers, 36, of Rosedale Road, Belmont, admitted possessing class A and B drugs with intent to supply, allowing the Carrville premises to be used for producing drugs and possessing a prohibited weapon.
Michael Hodson, mitigating, said Flowers felt “intimidated” into holding the drugs, after he and his family were threatened. Some of the drugs were lost, increasing the amount he owed.
Judge Christopher Prince said given the background and strides taken by Flowers to curb his own addiction he could take the “unusual “ course of suspending the sentence.
He passed a two-year sentence, suspended for two years, during which Flowers will be subject to probation supervision, with monthly drug rehabilitation reviews for a year.