Harrogate teenager escapes jail after drugs bust

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A Harrogate teen was handed a suspended prison sentance and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilting to possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Steven Hugill, 19, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for two years, at York Crown Court on Thursday August 6 after pleading guilty to the charge at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court in July 2013.

As well as the suspended sentence, Mr Hugill was ordered to carry 200 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £1,080, under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

A drugs warrant executed at an address on Firs Crescent, Harrogate on Tuesday June 18 2013, led to Mr Hugill’s arrest.

Detective Sergeant Jonathan Rowland, of Harrogate CID, said: “This sentence shows the determination of everyone in the criminal justice system to stop drug dealers benefitting from their crimes.

“Not only does Hugill have to carry out a significant amount of unpaid work, he also has to pay back the money he gained from his criminal behaviour.”

“If you know of anyone involved in the illegal trade of drugs, I urge you to contact the police straight away.”

Anyone who knows of people involved in the supply of controlled drugs should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass the information to the Force Control Room.

To pass on information anonymously, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.