Connoisseur's' cannabis crime

PUBLISHED: 11:18 23 August 2007 | UPDATED: 12:46 04 May 2010

DRUG dealer Jody Jaggard was living in a horsebox on a farm owned by county councillor Philip Read when police raided the vehicle and discovered almost £500 worth of drugs. Seven varieties of cannabis, including high strength skunk, were found alongside w

DRUG dealer Jody Jaggard was living in a horsebox on a farm owned by county councillor Philip Read when police raided the vehicle and discovered almost £500 worth of drugs.

Seven varieties of cannabis, including high strength skunk, were found alongside weighing scales, debt sheets, £420 in cash and plastic bags.

Coun Read told police he had not given permission for Jaggard to live at Beddingham's Farm in Sutton Gault, and had not visited the property for three months before the drugs raid.

Jaggard, 26, now of The Hythe, Ely, had denied possessing cannabis with intent to supply. He claimed to be a "cannabis connoisseur" and the drugs were examples of the class C drug he had collected over five years.

But on Thursday Ely magistrates found him guilty, and adjourned sentencing until September 13. He earlier admitted possessing £170-worth of the class A drug ecstasy.

Prosecutor Matthew Bradbury said Coun Read had given permission for carpenter Philip Richardson and his family to live in a caravan on his farm. Mr Richardson had allowed Jaggard to live on the property, because he had no where to go.

Jaggard was asleep when police raided his home. Officers found an ammunition box containing 24 bags of herbal cannabis. They also discovered more cannabis and ecstasy, electronic scales bearing traces of drugs, notebooks alleged to contain debt sheets, £420 cash, plastic bags and a poster about cannabis.

Jaggard did not give evidence at the trial, solicitor Graham Russell said his client suffered from a memory problem.

The cannabis in the ammunition case was Jaggard's "personal archive" of varieties he had collected, explained Mr Russell. The money had been earned by working for cash, and the notebooks could be a record of his pay.

"He may well be a connoisseur of cannabis, there are more peculiar hobbies," he said.

After the magistrates announced their verdict, Mr Russell said Jaggard had supplied cannabis to his friends. "He was not a commercial dealer, rather a social supplier.

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