Kettering man found with £1,000 worth of cocaine in house avoids jail

Crown Court GV
Crown Court GV

A 33-year-old Kettering man who was found with more than £1,000 worth of class A drugs 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.