A MAN is due to be sentenced in the new year after he was found with a £61,000 drugs stash during a police raid in West Cumbria.
Jacob Hughes-O’Brien admitted four offences when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court this morning (FRI).
Hughes-O’Brien, aged 25, pleaded guilty to possessing illegal class A substances cocaine and heroin, and the class B drug cannabis – all with intent to supply.
He also admitted a further charge of possessing criminal property, namely £1,245 in cash.
Hughes-O’Brien’s offending emerged as police raided an address in Harrington, Workington, on November 7. Officers found a rucksack containing the drugs haul, and recovered mobile phones.
Paul Tweddle, defending, said Hughes-O’Brien, of Altfinch Close, Liverpool, accepted that “he physically was the courier of the drugs” from his home city. However, Mr Tweddle stated in view of the high value of the criminal stash that the defendant “is not saying he is merely a courier”.
Judge Peter Davies adjourned the case after hearing the prosecution wished to obtain detailed phone evidence, and also sought more information about the defendant’s mental health issues.
Hughes-O’Brien – a man with no previous convictions – will return to the crown court on January 17, and in the meantime was remanded in custody by Judge Davies.