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Woodlands man Liam Rice given suspended jail term for £32,500 cannabis supply offence

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BEING involved in the supply of around £32,500 of cannabis landed a Woodlands man with a suspended prison sentence.

Liam Rice (22), of Bourne Lane, was interviewed under caution after police raided a property in that street on 27th July last year in response to reports of drug-related activity.

They seized a large quantity of the class B drug – equivalent to a street value of about £32,500 – along with other drug-related gear.

Liam Rice was sentenced at Southampton Magistrates' Court
Liam Rice was sentenced at Southampton Magistrates' Court

Charged and later convicted of being concerned in the supply of cannabis at Southampton Magistrates’ Court, Rice was handed a six-month jail term suspended for two years.

The Bench told him to carry out 240 hours of unpaid community work and undergo rehabilitation activity. He was also ordered to pay £213 court charges.

Welcoming the outcome, PC Carl Peverill warned the force will not tolerate drug-dealing or any associated criminality in the New Forest.

Bourne Lane, Woodlands (photo: Google)
Bourne Lane, Woodlands (photo: Google)

“This was an extremely large amount of class B drugs, with a high street value, which has now been seized, destroyed and taken off the streets,” he said.

“We are fully committed to ensuring that our communities do not come to harm through drug-related harm or violence, but we can only do that when we receive information from the public about any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods.

"This enables us to build up a bigger picture about any ongoing activity and for us to then take robust action against those involved in such criminality – as has been the case in this situation.”

People are urged to continue reporting any suspicious activity online at https://bit.ly/3sD2QPE or by calling 101.

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