Teenager has stash of cash and drugs
PUBLISHED: 12:48 09 February 2007 | UPDATED: 19:56 01 June 2010
THOUSANDS of pounds in cash and savings were found stashed away in a safe belonging to a Wisbech teenager found guilty of possessing drugs with intent to supply. Police also uncovered 25 individual packages of cannabis and a pair of electronic scales, whe
THOUSANDS of pounds in cash and savings were found stashed away in a safe belonging to a Wisbech teenager found guilty of possessing drugs with intent to supply.
Police also uncovered 25 individual packages of cannabis and a pair of electronic scales, when they searched Troy Jolly's home.
Jolly, 18, a forklift driver at Wisbech port, denied at Cambridge Crown Court that he was in possession of 34.9 grams of cannabis with intent to supply it to another on May 30 last year.
He claimed to have packaged the drugs in self-seal bags himself as a way of monitoring his own drug use.
"We say that is rubbish," said prosecutor Sally Hobson. She said the drugs found at Jolly's home in Pendula Road Wisbech, were high-strength "skunk", wrapped in £10 deals and stored in a plastic box.
Inside his safe was £1,000 cash, along with another £600 in one wallet, and £80 in a second wallet. Bank books showed £3,000 in an ISA account, more than £7,000 in a Nationwide Flex account, and about £150 in a third account.
Jolly, who earned £1,000 a month, told police he had been spending £200 a week on drugs for five months, she said. He spent £400 on car insurance, £500 on a personalised number plate, and owned jewellery worth more than £2,000. He spent £100 a month on his board, and £120 a month of fuel.
"The figures don't add up," she told the jury. "He must have had another income. He was selling, he was not a big-time dealer, but was selling £10 deals, and that is where he got cash to live on and buy drugs with."
In the witness box, Jolly said he saved money by transferring it from his current account into his savings account. His drug use had increased when there were problems at home, but declined to say how much he spent on cannabis.
He denied selling any drugs. He claimed to have used the scales to weigh the drug into equal amounts, and put it into bags to help him reduce his drug use.
He also denied ever spending £800 a month of cannabis, and said the £1,000 cash in his safe was to be spent on a 'Troy' ring.
"I did not spend more than I was earning," he said.
Sentencing was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.