A Haverhill man who lived in a borrowed tent after police found illegal drugs at his home has avoided an immediate prison sentence.
Wayne Pearce, 33, was arrested after officers with a search warrant went to the flat he lived in with his partner and three children on July 24.
Ipswich Crown Court heard on Wednesday that Pearce had told police where to look for a box containing drugs but said he had been looking after it for a mate for only a few hours.
Prosecuting, Michael Crimp said the box was found to contain ten wraps of cannabis and six wraps of cocaine with a street value of between £350 and £400.
The court heard that Pearce had pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of cocaine with intent to supply.
James Earle, defending, said Pearce had been co-operative with police and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. Pearce’s motive had been financial.
Mr Earle said: “He has already suffered substantially from his own folly.” Since his arrest Pearce had been living in a borrowed tent.
Pearce, who had managed to stay out of trouble since 2006, wanted to get back into the family home with his children and partner. He had stopped drinking and was looking for a job.
Judge John Holt said he was willing to accept that Pearce was a custodian of the drugs and intended to hold them for a few hours in return for payment.
While the quantity of drugs had been modest, Pearce’s role had been “significant” said Judge Holt.
Pearce was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work. He will also be under Probation Service supervision for two years.
Judge Holt told Pearce: “You have been given a chance. If you throw it away you will be serving 18 months. Next time you are tempted think of your children.”