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Ilfracombe man caught with £600 worth of cannabis in glass jar under his bed

By NDJSophie  |  Posted: January 12, 2014

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A MAN who was caught with £600 worth of cannabis in a glass jar under his bed has appeared before North Devon Magistrates’ Court.

Richard Banka, 36, of Regent Place, Ilfracombe, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis when he appeared before magistrates on Friday.

The court heard how police executed a search of Banka’s address and discovered £600 worth of cannabis in a glass jar hidden beneath his bed.

They also found growing equipment, including a tent and high intensity lights, in another room of the property.

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Banka admitted growing drugs and said the cannabis under his bed was what he had cropped from plants the week before.

He said he had used cannabis for 15 years and decided to grow it for his own personal use.

Karen Ball, for the prosecution, told the court Banka had received a caution in 2011 for drug production.

Nigel Treasaden, for the defence, said his client had used drugs on and off and found them far too expensive to buy on the street.

He said his client suffered from scoliosis and had three fused vertebras in his back which led to curvature of his spine.

He told the court Banka was a painter and decorator, and he used cannabis to “help alleviate the pain from a hard day’s work”.

Banka was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15. The court also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs and associated equipment.

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