Jailed smuggler is back in court again

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A LIGHTCLIFFE man jailed for nine years for his part in a £1.5 million cannabis smuggling operation has been given a suspended prison sentence for supplying the Class B drug.

Lee Oliver, 45, was locked up in 1996 for his role in a plot to import a large quantity of cannabis resin.

But he was back in court again this week after a jury found him guilty of possessing less than an ounce of cannabis with intent to supply others.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Oliver, of Shirley Grove, used cannabis himself as pain relief for a back injury which meant he now walked with the aid of crutches.

But Judge John Potter said the jury’s verdict meant he was prepared to sell some of his own cannabis to others to supplement his income.

The judge accepted Oliver has a significant disability and he said in those exceptional circumstances he could suspend a 12-month prison sentence for two years.

But the judge said he was imposing onerous restrictions on his liberty, including supervision for two years and a six-month electronically monitored curfew between 9pm and 7am each night.

Judge Potter warned Oliver that the simple possession of cannabis would amount to a breach.