Grantham court: Cannabis found in hat

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A Sleaford man has admitted to possessing 55.45g of cannabis, which was discovered in a beanie hat while police executed a search warrant.

Richard Robinson, 37, of St Johs Close, Sleaford, pleaded guilty to possession of the class B drug.

At 3.40pm on January 9, police conducted a search warrant at a property on Aire Road, Grantham, with Robinson in attendance.

Inside a black beanie hat officers discovered a plastic bag, in which was three further bags containing a total of 55.45g of cannabis.

Robinson said it was for his own personal use, and after checking his mobile phone police found no evidence that he was supplying the drugs to elsewhere.

During interview he added that he bought the cannabis eight months before and had forgotten it was there, with police noting that it was very dry.

Representing himself in court, Robinson asked magistrates to show him leniency and apologised for his offence.

He explained that he had been unemployed since a driving ban had prevented him from continuing his work on a farm.

Magistrates fined Robinson £75, and also ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 in prosecution costs.