Stash of cocaine found in raid

When police raided the home of a Woodbury man they found a stash of cocaine and cannabis along with nearly �2,000 in cash, scales and plastic bags.

When police raided the home of a Woodbury man they found a stash of cocaine and cannabis along with nearly �2,000 in cash, scales and plastic bags.Exeter Crown Court heard 24-year-old Adam Gooding had what a judge described as "a whole stack of cocaine" for his own personal use and a "substantial amount of cannabis" for dealing to his mates.Prosecutor Dave Bowen said the drugs were worth up to �2,000 on the streets and the cash was found in two locations - one a safe in the bedroom. He said the Crown put Gooding at the lower end of the scale when it came to dealing in the cannabis.Mitigating, Kelly Scrivener said since this incident, Gooding had taken steps to address his own drug problems and was no longer taking cocaine although he did occasionally smoke cannabis. His partner had just given birth to their first child and this had matured him. If he went to prison it would set him back in terms of rehabilitation and his partner would be left to look after their son on her own.Defence counsel said Gooding had been manipulated by those who were selling to and buying from him and he had since changed his mobile telephone number to try to avoid contact with them.Miss Scrivener said Gooding wanted to go to Bicton College and learn farming. He was not a sophisticated man and had not made a profit from his drug dealing. She said he had bought the cocaine for �500 for his own use and �300 of the �1,960 seized came from the sale of car parts. The rest was the float for a future purchase of cannabis which had been curtailed by the police raid.Gooding, of Canada Cottages, Broadway, Woodbury, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply it, possessing cocaine and possessing criminal property. He was given a 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years with 200 hours unpaid work in the community and �192 costs. �1,660 of the cash was ordered to be seized and the drugs destroyed.Passing sentence, Judge Paul Darlow told Gooding: "You had a whole stack of cocaine for your own use and, as far as the cannabis was concerned, you and your mates were dealing in substantial sums. But I accept that it was for use between you.

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