A South Cerney man has been warned to expect jail after he pleaded guilty at the last minute to being concerned in cocaine supply in the Cotswolds.
Gloucester Crown Court heard that when Aaron Morris, 26, of Four Acres Caravan Park, was arrested by police he had £18,000 worth of cocaine and almost £40,000 in cash in his possession.
Morris had denied being concerned in cocaine supply between 31st December 2020 and 27th August last year and a jury was sworn in on Monday (May 23) to try him at the Cirencester ‘Nightingale’ Courthouse.
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But after the judge, Recorder Malcolm Gibney, rejected defence legal submissions that some of the prosecution evidence should not be allowed to go before the jury, Morris changed his plea to guilty.
The judge explained to the jury that it was now their task to return a formal guilty verdict at his direction and they duly did so.
Recorder Gibney agreed to a submission from defence barrister Gerard Hillman that a pre-sentence report should be prepared on Morris by the probation service before he is sentenced.
He said that would only be right in view of Morris being a person “with very little by way of previous convictions.”
Morris was bailed to await sentence on June 16 but Recorder Gibney warned him not to hope for or expect anything other than a prison term.