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Man jailed for running amphetamine 'factory'
A MAN caught with more than £20,000 worth of amphetamine hidden in his freezer has been jailed for two years.
Glyn Jones's home in Stockton was described in court as a factory where drugs were stored, cut, bulked up and packaged.
Police found the stash when they raided the property where Jones lived with his pregnant partner and three young children.
Two kilos of the Class B drug was discovered along with caffeine and dextrose which is used to add to it before it is sold.
Nicholas Peacock, mitigating, said Jones had got into debt with a loan shark and was pressurised to hold the amphetamine for him.
"This was not his enterprise, whatsoever," said Mr Peacock. "It is something which, to a large degree, was forced upon him.
"He must clearly have been under the direction of someone, and there was a degree of coercion from the loan shark."
Since his arrest, the 40-year-old has worked as a volunteer for the British Heart Foundation, which provided a reference.
Jones, of Hunwick Walk, Stockton, admitted possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply, and supplying Class B drugs.
He told police after his arrest that as well as storing and preparing them, he also delivered packages on behalf of two others.
Prosecutor David Crook told the court that Jones directed the police officers to his freezer when they raided his home.
"This was more than a warehouse," said Mr Crook. "It was a factory. It was more than just a storage facility."