Police found amphetamines in freezer drawer at man’s home

A Newmarket man has been given a suspended prison sentence after illegal drugs were found in his freezer.

Neil Parnell, 51, had denied possession of amphetamine with intent to supply but during his trial at Ipswich Crown Court pleaded guilty to the less serious offence of possession of a class B drug.

On Wednesday, Judge John Devaux sentenced Parnell, of Skeaping Close, Newmarket, to two months’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

As a condition of that sentence, Parnell was told he must complete 80 hours of unpaid community work.

The court had heard how during a one hour police search of Parnell’s home on August 5 last year officers had found a tin containing amphetamine in a freezer drawer.

The prosecution claimed that plastic bags found at the address were evidence of drug dealing but Parnell said they were used for items he found when out metal detecting. Giving evidence, Parnell told the jury that he had a significant amphetamine habit and the drugs found by police had been intended for his own use only.