Grantham court: Police find men with cannabis in garden summerhouse

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Police officers searching for a suspect came across two men with cannabis in a summerhouse.

Scott Chapman, 31, of Larch Close, Grantham, and Tony McDermott, of Harlaxton Road, Grantham, both admitted possessing cannabis at Clyde Court in Grantham on January 20 this year.

Prosecuting, Hannah Strawson said police officers went to a property in Clyde Court in the morning searching for a wanted person. In a summerhouse in the rear garden the officers found the two defendants who were playing on a computer game.

They found a small amount of cannabis together with paraphernalia including a grinder and a sandwich bag containing the drug.

They found more cannabis in a rucksack, inside a tin and in a CEX bag. There were individual wraps of cannabis.

Miss Strawson said both men fully admitted what they had done. Chapman said he had met McDermott and they had gone to his address where he had smoked too much.

McDermott told police he regretted smoking cannabis. He had had a large amount for himself which would last a few weeks.

The court was told the cannabis was never weighed and the police believed the drug was for Chapman’s and McDermott’s own use.

Rob Arthur, defending, said the two men made full admissions to police. Hesaid the police were looking for an individual who had a connection with the address where McDermott was living at the time.

Mr Arthur said: “Perhaps the police got lucky on this occasion because they subsequently chanced upon the two males who were sat in their summerhouse playing a computer game.”

He said Chapman had said he had two children at home and he never smoked there.

Mr Arthur added: “These were relatively small quantities of the drug. There is nothing but the suggestion that they were having it for their own use.”

The court heard that McDermott worked part-time as a delivery driver and Chapman was a full-time carer for his ten-year-old child, but he hoped to get work in property maintenance which would give him some flexibility with child care.

The magistrates accepted that the drugs were for their own use.

They handed both men a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered them to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.

The magistrates also ordered the destruction of the drugs and the paraphernalia.