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Kirton labourer found with £3,000-worth of cannabis during police raid breached suspended jail sentence

A labourer breached a suspended jail sentence when he was found in possession of £3,000-worth of cannabis.

Daniel Addison was smoking the class B drug in his garden shed when police searched his Kirton home on September 17, 2022.

The 34-year-old had £665 in his possession at the time of the raid.

Boston Magistrates' Court
Boston Magistrates' Court

“It was 9am when police attended Craven Avenue in Kirton with a warrant under the misuse of drugs act,” prosecutor Shelley Wilson told Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (June 12).

“Mr Addison was smoking cannabis and a search of his items found £665 in cash.

“He was asked if there were drugs in the house and he said there was.”

Police experts worked out Addison had 477 grams of cannabis in his possession, which included gel containing THC - the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis.

Mrs Wilson said the ‘unusually high amount’ of cannabis was valued at £3,000.

Addison, who works as a self-employed labourer, has three prior convictions involving possession of cannabis.

In 2021 he was sentenced to a six-month jail sentence for possession with intent to supply, suspended for 18 months.

It was during this 18-month period that the raid on his home took place.

In mitigation, Phillipa Chatterton argued Addison on had two months left to run of the suspension period and a ‘large majority of that suspended sentence had been complied with’.

“There have been no further offences since September 2022,” she continued, adding her client had since sought help for his cannabis use.

“He’s clean from drugs and has no outstanding fines. He’s turned his life around.”

Addison pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.

Because the suspended jail term was imposed by Lincoln Crown Court, Addison must return there for sentencing. A date is yet to be confirmed.

Co-accused Jace Handson-White, also of Craven Avenue, Kirton, pleaded not guilty to cannabis possession.

She will face trial at Boston Magistrates’ Court on August 2.

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