Jail for Waterlooville patio firm boss caught with cocaine

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THE owner of a paving company has been jailed after police found £15,000 of cocaine in his garage.

Jason Cohman, a partner in Pro Pave Solutions, which lays driveways and patios, was caught with 221 grams of the class A drug after police raided his home.

He was jailed for 16 months after telling the police he had only been looking after the cocaine for a friend, who offered him £200.

Robert Bryan, defending, said Cohman, 40, had not been in trouble with the law for 18 years and had turned his life around with his new business, which is based in Waterlooville.

‘It’s highly regarded by the customers,’ he said.

Mr Bryan said Cohman was a loving father of two who had stupidly got involved in drugs to help his friend.

‘I know it may very well be said that he should have thought about this before he involved himself in this manner, but there are times that people do crass things without looking to the consequences,’ he said.

He asked the judge not to jail Cohman but to make him do unpaid work and put him on a curfew with a suspended sentence hanging over him.

Cohman, of Pipit Close, Horndean, pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply on the basis that he was looking after the cocaine for a friend.

The judge refused to let him off with a suspended sentence.

Judge Roger Hetherington said: ‘I sentence you on the basis of your plea, which says that you felt indebted to a friend and he asked you look after the packages which the police subsequently found and some scales.

‘The fact is that you realised you were being asked to look after a quantity of drugs and you must have realised that it was likely to be a significant quantity.’

There will be another court hearing at a later date to determine how much money Cohman should be made to pay back from his involvement in drugs.