CHESTERFIELD: Offender jailed after cannabis find

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A DRUGS offender who breached a suspended prison sentence for the second time has been put behind bars.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday how John Sloan, 39, of King Street, Hodthorpe, near Creswell, was discovered with 1.5g of cannabis with a street value of £15 when he was arrested for other matters.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said: “Sloan was arrested for matters that are not before court today. A small amount of cannabis was found in his possession.

“He admitted he had bought £20 worth of the drug and said he smokes it to alleviate pain.”

Sloan, who has previous convictions for drug-related offences, pleaded guilty to possessing the controlled class B drug after it was found on him this month.

The court heard how Sloan had been serving a suspended custodial sentence for drug possession and two matters of assault which had been extended when he also came before the court for possessing a class B drug in January. Defence solicitor Bob Bashforth said the latest offence is at the bottom of the scale and that Sloan lives with his poorly father. However, presiding magistrate Mr Harvey sentenced Sloan to eight weeks’ custody.

He told him: “This is the second time you’ve offended on a suspended sentence so we’re also activating that sentence.”