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Nathan James, 21, of Penzance, jailed after being caught with drugs

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 21, 2014

Nathan James of Penzance has been jailed.

A YOUNG man caught with drugs on him in Camborne has been jailed for 14 months after running out of chances.

At Truro Crown Court, Nathan James, 21, of Alexandra Road, Penzance, admitted possession of cannabis and criminal damage – convictions which put him in breach of two other court orders.

Scott Horner, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that on December 5 James was spotted by police officers acting suspiciously in Camborne town centre.

He was in the front passenger seat of a blue Ford Focus and appeared to be stopping and talking to known drug dealers.

Mr Horner said James and the driver were stopped by officers later that morning who noticed "a strong smell of cannabis" from the vehicle.

A search found 2.5g of herbal cannabis worth £25, which James said was his.

Mr Horner said a check of the national police computer revealed James was wanted for a criminal damage incident on November 18 at Fresh Start in St Austell where he had been staying. He caused £77 worth of damage to a door at the property.

The offences put James in breach of a conditional discharge and a suspended sentence.

James was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, in October after he admitted breaking the hand of a vulnerable older man from Redruth, who he had befriended and then stolen from.

Maurice Champion, for the defence, said James's lifestyle was erratic. He acknowledged that there was no option but for him to go to jail.

He said: "He seems to have fallen in again with a pattern of drug taking."

Activating the suspended sentence and jailing James for a further two months for the new offences, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said: "You have come to the end of the road in terms of my trying to give you another chance."

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