'I like cocaine, it is my favourite' - convicted Penryn man
7:40am Wednesday 26th September 2012 in News
A Penryn man who claimed drugs worth more than £2,000 were for his own use has been handed a suspended prison sentence.
Olumide Abiola, aged 53, of South Street, had told Truro Crown Court he had been heavily addicted to drugs for many years.
He was stopped by police officers when he was the front seat passenger in a taxi in the early hours of September 8 last year in Falmouth Road.
A search of his rucksack found £187 worth of cannabis and £770 in cash.
A subsequent search of his home revealed more drugs, including quantities of cannabis, cannabis resin, amphetamine and the designer drug MDVP, also known as 'Meow Meow'.
The total street value of the haul was estimated as being in excess of £2,000.
Despite his denials, Abiola was convicted by a jury last month of being in possession of more than £2,000 worth of drugs with intent to supply.
He was sentenced at Truro Crown Court last Friday, when Recorder Nicholas Gerasimidis ordered that he will be under supervision for two years and must do 240 hours of unpaid work for the community.
During the trial, Abiola had declared “absolutely not” when asked by his advocate, Robin Smith, whether he was a drugs dealer.
He admitted being a very heavy user but said he had never sold drugs.
He began smoking cannabis when he was 18 and went on to cocaine in 1993 when employed as the manager of an adults only shop in Soho.
“I like cocaine, it is my favourite, but when it became expensive I turned to amphetamine,” he explained, “I have had a problem with drugs for many years.”
Abiola, a painter and decorator, explained that the cash the police seized had been payments he received from customers.