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Community order handed to recovering drug user
12:30pm Monday 18th March 2013 in News
A WEYMOUTH man who admitted possessing class A drugs with the intent to supply has been given a community order after proving he was taking steps to kick his habit.
Matthew James Harper, of Derby Street, appeared at Dorchester Crown Court in November last year after admitting the possession of 19 wraps of cocaine and eight wraps of heroin with the intent to supply.
The 37-year-old’s sentencing was deferred after Judge Roger Jarvis heard Harper was already on a drug treatment programme and decided to give the defendant a chance to make progress on the order.
Nigel Mitchell, representing Harper, said his client had attended around 90 appointments in the intervening months and the vast majority of drug tests he had taken had come back negative.
He said Harper had also moved from a methadone prescription to Subutex.
Judge Roger Jarvis imposed a community order with a 12-month supervision requirement and a three-month drug rehabilitation requirement. The judge told Harper: “You have complied with the expectations which I imposed on you as you seem on balance to have done well since the date I deferred sentence.
“It seems to me the interests of the community are best served by continuing with the efforts to get you free of drugs.”