Great Cornard man receives suspended sentence for cannabis production and impersonating police officer
A cannabis producer from south Suffolk has received a suspended prison sentence, following a police raid of a property that contained a large amount of the prohibited drug.
Stewart Devere Hunt, a resident of Carson’s Drive in Great Cornard, appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court last week.
He faced one charge of manufacturing cannabis, which is categorised as a Class B substance, in addition to an unrelated charge of impersonating a police officer.
Devere Hunt was initially arrested on Monday, January 7, after officers from Suffolk Police executed a warrant to search a property that they suspected contained illegal drugs, under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Upon entry into the premises, they discovered a quantity of cannabis plants in the garage.
Meanwhile, numerous quantities of herbal cannabis were found inside the property itself.
As a result of the search, Devere Hunt was subsequently arrested and taken to the Suffolk Constabulary Police Investigation Centre in Bury St Edmunds for questioning, before he was formally charged.
The separate charge of impersonating a police officer was in relation to an incident that took place towards the end of last year.
According to police, Devere Hunt had made a telephone call to the workplace of his neighbour on November 13, 2018, where he posed as a police officer and claimed that a work van had been crashed.
He appeared in court on Wednesday, January 9, and was found guilty of both charges.
The presiding magistrates handed him a prison sentence of four months, which has been suspended for 12 months.