Sheffield man caught with cannabis and cash by police

A drug-offender who was caught by police with cannabis and cash has had his case further adjourned due to the recent heavy snowfall.

Monday, 18th January 2021, 3:00 pm

Sheffield Crown Court heard how James Cooke, aged 26, of White Lane, Gleadless, Sheffield, was due to be sentenced on January 14 after he had been stopped by police in a car with another person and the drugs and the cash were found after a search.

Stephanie Hollis, prosecuting, told a previous hearing Cooke was stopped on Richmond Park Road, Sheffield, after police could smell cannabis coming from the vehicle.

Cooke pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply after the incident on February 18, 2019.

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Sheffield Crown Court, pictured, heard how a drug-offender's fate hangs in the balance after his case had to be further adjourned for sentencing after bad weather and heavy snowfall.

Ms Hollis added police found cannabis valued at £1,155 and cash valued at £1,270.

Richard Barradell, defending, told a previous hearing Cooke was a cannabis-user who had been paying off a debt and he is very sorry.

The court had previously heard Cooke had been doing well according to a pre-sentence report so Judge Michael Slater agreed to defer his sentencing for a further review.

Judge Slater had told Cooke if he continued to stay out of trouble and co-operated with the probation service he would most likely receive a suspended prison sentence but if he did not comply he faced prison.

Cooke’s case was due to be considered at crown court for sentencing on January 14 but due to the bad weather and snow his case was further adjourned for a date to be fixed.

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