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Fake drugs man jailed
11:45am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A JOBLESS porter has been jailed for three years after being arrested at a Hampshire music festival with cannabis and fake drugs which he had hoped to sell at the site.
A police dog alerted his handler when Kenneth Gibbs entered the Boomtown Festival near Winchester last year. He tried to detain him but Gibbs wriggled free only to run into the arms of undercover officers, prosecutor Tammy Mears told Southampton Crown Court.
Gibbs admitted to police he had some “dodgy” pills as well as 91 tablets with the appearance of being class A drugs but were fake. However, Gibbs was found with 13 sealable bags of cannabis stuffed down his trousers, which were capable of making 178 cigarettes which he claimed were for personal use and intended smoking them in 24 hours.
A search of five bank accounts revealed the sum of £33,000 which had been paid in over three years.
Gibbs, 44, from Tottenham, London, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply, converting criminal property and having articles in connection with fraud.
Jailing him for 36 months, Judge Gary Burrell QC said his offending was aggravated by two previous convictions for suppling drugs at other festivals. In mitigation, Jonathan Rosen said Gibbs had been smoking cannabis for years and caught up in a never-ending cycle of debt gave up his job.