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COACH JAILED FOR CANNABIS; Police swoop on pounds 25k haul.

Byline: by CLAIRE ELLICOTT

A FOOTBALL coach was jailed for possessing pounds 25,000 worth of cannabis.

Henry Hopkins, 49, of Stockbridge Lane, Huyton, was found carrying almost 5kg of the drug in a briefcase.

He pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply and jailed for a year.

The court heard how on April 18 this year, two police officers saw Hopkins walking down the road with a briefcase.

Having spotted them approaching, he dropped the briefcase over a garden wall on Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton, and carried on walking.

The officers discovered 20 bars of cannabis resin in the bag and arrested him.

Hopkins told them he was dropping the drugs off and later claimed that he had found the briefcase on the street.

Gerald Pachter, defending, said: "This is a man who has never been in trouble before.

"He regrets his actions and he says he has not been involved in a big way with the drugs world."

Mr Pachter described his role as a that of a "runner, a courier" and said that he was paid just pounds 100 for his role in transporting the drugs.

He added: "His life is not revolving around drugs.

"He's clearly not a big fish in the drugs world - he was caught red-handed."

Judge Roberts said: "You have pleaded guilty to a serious offence of possession of a class C drug with intent to supply.

"At the time you were acting as a courier for financial gain on behalf of those supplying drugs.

"But you are a good man and a football coach and you have been an excellent role model for young people."

He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

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Date:Nov 15, 2008
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