Brome man caught with cannabis ordered by court to hand over last £8,700

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

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A man who was caught with cannabis which he told police he planned to use in cooking has been ordered by a court to hand over his last £8,700.

Rodney Debenham, 46, of Church Road, Brome, was arrested after police and Trading Standards officers raided the shop he owned and ran.

In January, Debenham was jailed for 12 months at Ipswich Crown Court after pleading guilty to two offences of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Today (Friday) he returned to the same court to hear that the figure financial investigators had initially put on his benefit from his crimes had been reduced from £132,000 to £55,000.

The court heard that financial records from Debenham’s business had helped officials to arrive at the new figure.

The court heard that the same investigation had established that Debenham had assets amounting to £8,728 which Mr Recorder Bruce Houlder QC ordered should be confiscated.

Debenham was warned that if he did not hand over the money within the next three months he would face three months imprisonment.

In April last year a raid by police and Trading Standards officers uncovered bags of cannabis in the bedroom and kitchen of a flat adjoining the shop which was also used by Debenham.

Debenham told police that he and three other people had paid £6,000 for the drug which was to be divided between them.

His share had been destined to be turned into cannabis resin for use in cooking, said Debenham.

Five months later in September police with a search warrant again visited the shop called New Dawn in Eagle Street, Ipswich and recovered more bags of cannabis from an outbuilding. Some of the bags were labelled with Debenham’s name.

The court heard that the cannabis seized totalled 2.35 kg with a value of about £20,000.