Man found with £1,000 worth of cocaine in Northampton house avoids jail term

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A 33-year-old man who was found with more than £1,000 worth of class A drugs in Northampton has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Police raided an address on November 12 last year and found a bag containing more than 23 grams of cocaine as well as dealer bags and a set of scales.

Jerome Caseman, who was charged with possession of a class A drug, said the drugs, which had an estimated street value of £1,380, were all for his own use.

A charge of possession with intent to supply was not pursued by the Crown Prosecution after a pre-trial review.

Judge Michael Fowler said the amount of drugs was at the “very top end” of what could be accepted as personal use.

He said: “This is almost as bad as it can get for this offence. You kept them in a place where there was children.”

Judge Fowler sentenced Caseman, of Cobden Street, Kettering, to 16 weeks in jail, suspended for two years. He must also complete 180 hours unpaid work and pay £600 costs.