A DRUG dealer who hid more than £21,000 worth of cannabis and amphetamines in his freezer has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
The stash was uncovered when police searched Adam Humphreys’s flat in Kingston Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, in August last year.
The 36-year-old claimed he had been forced to look after the £20,000 worth of amphetamine and £1,100 worth of cannabis by a dealer who had threatened him over a drug debt but a jury at Portsmouth Crown Court convicted him of two counts of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.
He also pleaded guilty to one charge of possession of a class B drug.
Judge Graham White said Humphreys had willingly agreed to store the drugs.
‘There’s clearly no duress,’ he said. ‘It was an accommodation you reached with your suppliers.
‘I have no doubt that from time to time you will have, in a limited way, supplied other people with them, probably for money.
‘This was not a commercial enterprise as far as you were concerned. It was a way of maintaining your own drug supply for yourself.’
He added: ‘Deterrent sentences have to be imposed on people in your position because you’re the very sort of person that drug dealers will seek to take advantage of. A message has to go out.’
There will be another hearing in September to seize any profits Humphreys made from selling drugs.