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Bury St Edmunds man, 33, attempted to throw cannabis-filled tennis balls into Highpoint Prison, court hears




A man who attempted to throw tennis balls filled with cannabis into a prison could now be facing a jail sentence himself.

James Byrne, 33, of Lambourne Close, Bury St Edmunds, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court today to possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

It comes after Byrne was caught with two tennis balls filled the class B drug, planning to throw them into Highpoint Prison, Stradishall, Suffolk on December 12 last year.

Ipswich Crown Court
Ipswich Crown Court

The court heard that Byrne had been on a 'downward spiral' in his life at the time of the incident.

After becoming 'involved in the world of drugs', the 33-year old was asked to throw the balls, which also contained tobacco, into the prison after running up debts.

The court heard he was 'relieved when he was caught', has since 'turned his life around', changed his lifestyle and found work as a landscape gardener.

The case was adjourned until October 22 for a pre-sentence report.

Judge David Pugh however warned the defendant he could be facing a jail sentence of at least 12 months for the offence.

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