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Jail for former addict after drug raid finds counterfeit cash
A STUN gun, drugs and hundreds of pounds of fake cash were found when police raided a Hampshire home, a court heard.
Officers executing a search warrant at a Southampton house seized £4,000 and about £700 of counterfeit cash from under a bottom step in the premises.
They also discovered a stun gun in a cupboard and found cocaine in various places around the house, including in a carrier bag and also on a kitchen worktop.
Southampton Crown Court heard how officers then went to a nearby pub where they detained drug addict Aaron Crook, who had £660 in cash and further cocaine in a bag.
“It was street dealing,”said Judge Andrew Barnett.
Crook, 30, of Staplehurst Gardens, Weston, admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
He further pleaded guilty to possessing the stun gun as a prohibited weapon, possessing counterfeit cash and possessing £4,600 as criminal property.
Jailing him for three years, Judge Andrew Barnett slammed cocaine as “a scourge on society.”
Jenna Addison, 28, of the same address, admitted jointly possessing the £4,000 as criminal property and possessing cocaine. She received an eight month suspended sentence with an order to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for the community. Judge Barnett said: “I hope you have learned your lesson.”
In mitigation, Richard Martin said Crook had been spending £100 a day on drugs.
“His habit got out of hand and it was then the old story of falling into debt with his dealer and finding himself having to do more and more favours.
“He was paid with cocaine to fund his habit.”
Mr Martin said Crook, who had bought the stun gun on holiday and which had nothing to do with drugs, had since kicked his habit.
“He is not someone who will trouble the courts again,” he added.
Terence Boulter, defending his co-accused, said there was no suggestion she had any access to the cash but she knew of its existence.
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