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15 October 2010, 05:00
A man from South-West Suffolk has been sentenced to two-years in prison for drug and counterfeit goods offences.
38-year-old Steven McNaughton was arrested at his home in Sudbury in December 2009 after police executed a search warrant.
A significant quantity of cannabis and counterfeit tobacco, perfume and sports clothing was recovered.
In April 2010, the 38-year-old unemployed man from Hardy Court was charged with four counts of being in possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply and four counts of being in possession of counterfeit goods.
Steven McNaughton appeared at Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to all the offences at an earlier hearing in the summer.
Investigating Officer, DS Matt Little, said: “By working together with Suffolk Trading Standards and responding to information received, we were able to disrupt the supply of controlled drugs and counterfeit clothing. A warrant was executed and substantial amounts of cannabis and counterfeit clothing, tobacco, toiletries and jewellery were seized from a room in the property specially converted to store these items. It was clear that the operation had been ongoing for a number of weeks and was well organised. We will continue to target this type of criminality with partners and this conviction demonstrates that anyone trading in fake goods or drugs can expect to be arrested and put before the courts."
A Suffolk County Council spokesperson said: "Thanks to our continued good work with the police we've gained yet another great result. This case sends a stark message that we will work together to make sure those who break the law are caught and prosecuted for the crimes they have committed."
Steven McNaughton was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment for being in possession of cannabis with intent to supply, eight months’ imprisonment for one count of being in possession of counterfeit goods to run consecutively and eight months’ imprisonment for three counts of being in possession of counterfeit goods to run concurrently.
Following a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing, Suffolk Police will recover £1,673 from Steven McNaughton as a result of the sales of his crimes.