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Man with truck-full of cannabis said it was for personal use

Shane Prosser was pulled over by police after officers smelt cannabis. Credit: South Wales Police

A man who claimed a truck full of cannabis was all for personal use when he was stopped by police, has been jailed.

Shane Prosser, 50, was pulled over by police in Coytrahen, Bridgend, after officers smelt cannabis as the black Isuzu Rodeo pulled in front of them.

Prosser and his passenger admitted they’d just smoked the drug and that there was some contained in the pick-up truck.

But a search by officers uncovered hundreds of pounds worth of cannabis as well as keys to a farm in Coytrahen. After obtaining a warrant to search the address, officers found evidence of a substantial cannabis-growing operation, as well as false walls in an attempt to conceal the set-up.

Prosser, from Caerau, Cardiff, denied possessing cannabis with the intent to supply and producing a Class B drug, but was convicted earlier this year.

Today, he was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court to 32 months imprisonment.

Detective Sergeant Julian Kerslake said: “When he was stopped in his car, Prosser made a feeble attempt to claim he’d just bought the cannabis which filled much of his vehicle and that it was all for his own personal use. Our officers saw straight through his lies, and thankfully so did the jury at Cardiff Crown Court.

“As well as the drugs within the vehicle, we also later uncovered evidence of a cannabis-growing operation at a farm owned by Prosser – a set-up which would have likely seen cannabis distributed throughout Bridgend and beyond.

“We’ve been able to dismantle that operation and see one more drug-dealer jailed, so we’re delighted with the result.”