Redruth drug dealer jailed after being on the run for four months
A 22-YEAR-OLD Redruth man found with more than £1,600 worth of cannabis and cocaine on him, who disappeared for four months after failing to turn up for his trial, has been jailed.
Jamie Hammond, whose address is listed as care of Hawkey’s Mews, did not attend his trial in April and was convicted of possession with intent to supply in his absence.
Following the trial, a warrant for Hammond’s arrest was issued and he was picked up by police on Sunday when they were called to an incident at a Redruth house.
After arrest Hammond was found to have 8.2g of cannabis on him.
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Appearing at Truro Crown Court on Monday from custody, Hammond was sentenced to three years in prison in total for two charges of possession with intent to supply, one of possession of a class B drug andone of failing to attend court.
Phillip Lee, for the prosecution, said that Hammond had been a passenger in a vehicle on the A390 at Treliske that was pulled over by police on December 16, 2011, when he was found to have the large quantity of class A and B drugs on him.
Mr Lee said 23.47g of cocaine was found worth an estimated £1,200 along with around 70g of cannabis worth £450 and that a later search of his home found him to have £2,262 in cash.
Joanna Martin, for the defence, said Hammond had been taken into care at the age of eight and had been involved in drugs since he was 12 years old.
The court heard that Hammond had previous convictions for possession of various drugs dating back to 2008 and one for possession of cocaine which he had been sentenced for just eight days before he was pulled over by police in December 2011.
Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said: “A significant feature of the case is that you committed these two offences within less than a fortnight of being made subject to a community order, treating it with a degree of contempt and disdain.”
The Judge ordered that the drugs found on Hammond be forfeited and destroyed.