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- Barry Simmons has been jailed

UK Passenger caught with nearly £100,000 of cannabis at Manchester Airport last minute news


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- Barry Simmons has been jailed

UK Passenger caught with nearly £100,000 of cannabis at Manchester Airport last minute news
06 April 2021 - 16:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A passenger who was caught trying to smuggle almost £100,000 of cannabis through Manchester Airport told officers 'you guys have got me', a court heard. Barry Simmons, 35, was returning to the country from Tenerife when he was stopped by customs officers. Simmons, from Merseyside, was found with 389 blocks of cannabis resin, which weighed 9.3 kilos. If broken down into street deals, the drugs could have been worth £97,500, Manchester Crown Court heard. Now 'cannabis addict' Simmons has been jailed for two years. He had travelled to the largest of the Canary Islands on November 13, before arriving in Manchester four days later. Customs officers stopped him at the airport, and searched his suitcase. He told them he had travelled to Tenerife to look for work. At first he claimed the items were 'ornaments' or 'smellies', prosecutor Chloe Fordham said. Get our free M.E.N. Court newsletter Manchester's courts are some of the busiest in the country with a vast array of cases heard every week. To keep up to date with how justice is being served across Greater Manchester subscribe to our free weekly M.E.N. Court News newsletter put together by our court reporters Andrew Bardsley and Amy Walker. How do I sign up? First just click on this link to our newsletter sign-up centre.

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. There are other newsletters available if you want them as well. When you've made your choice, hit Save Changes button at the bottom. But Simmons then said: "You guys have got me." Officers found 'matey' messages on his phone with the Instagram account of a 'cannabis social club' in Tenerife. Police said if sold wholesale, the drugs would be worth between £18,782 and £37,564. But if they were broken down into street deals, the cannabis could have been valued at £97,500. Simmons later said he was repaying a debt. Defending, Julian Nutter said Simmons had made a 'full and frank admission' and pleaded guilty before magistrates. He said Simmons was 'easy meat' to those higher up the chain. "His was the risk. Somebody else, the investor, stood to make considerable gain from this," Mr Nutter said. Appealing for Simmons to be spared jail, Mr Nutter said the defendant had not committed any offences since 2011. Mr Nutter said the defendant had to give up his job because of an injury. He said Simmons was 'desperately trying' to cut his use of cannabis, and is remorseful for his actions. But the judge, Recorder Alex Menary, jailed him for two years. He said a 'deterrent sentence' was needed, to put off others from doing the same thing. Simmons, of Winifred Road, Knowsley, pleaded guilty to one count of importing a controlled drug of Class B with intent to evade a prohibition. Read More Related Articles Suspected drink driver crashes into railings outside police station's front door Read More Related Articles Neo-Nazi first police officer to be convicted of belonging to banned terror group in Britain

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