Grantham court: Drug user threw white powder out of window

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When police searched a house they saw a man throw a bag of drugs out of an upstairs window.

Grantham magistrates were told that Thomas Ben Smith, 24, was seen by officers in the back garden of the house in Hartington Close throw the bag of white powder out of the window. Officers caught him coming down the stairs.

Smith, of Hardwicke Close, Grantham, admitted possessing seven grammes of MCAT, a controlled class B drug, on December 18.

Prosecuting, Paul Wood told the court that officers had asked Smith what was in the bag and he told them it was MCAT and was for his own use. In interview, he told the police he had bought it to use throughout the week and had paid £60 for it.

Defending, Rory Macmillan told the court that Smith accepted “he had an issue” with MCAT and other recreational drugs. He said Smith had referred himself to Addaction and had not taken any illegal drugs since the New Year.

Mr Macmillan said Smith, a father of two, last worked about a year ago in a warehouse and was looking to start another job soon working for Utility Warehouse on a commission-only basis. Unusually, the defendant asked the court for a probation report with a view to getting help from Addaction and getting off drugs. Mr Macmillan said: “He knows he could slip.”

Magistrates adjourned the case until January 28 and granted Smith unconditional bail.