Hung drugs to dry then flew to funeral

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A man has been given a conditional discharge after leaving ‘wet’ drugs to dry in his spare room while he visited Poland for a funeral.

Patrick Szymanowski, 30, of Portland Street, Boston, appeared at Boston Magistrates Court on Wednesday pleading guilty to possessing cannabis.

Prosecutor Edward Johnson said a police officer had attended Szymanowski’s address following intelligence reports of suspicious behaviour.

They found the house empty but a neighbour gave the officer his number and when called the defendant admitted to being in Poland at a funeral.

He admitted everything over the phone and gave permission for the landlord to allow entry to the property.

He returned the next day and was interviewed by the officer, again admitting all.

Defending, Andrew Goldsborough said Szymanowski had bought the drugs for personal use. He added he had back pain and had bought it in the state it was in so he didn’t have to go out as often.

The drugs weighed in at 130 grammes– a figure which would mean the drugs were worth nearly £1,000.

However, magistrates were told the weight included the evidence bags, stems and the fact the drugs were wet.

It was revealed Szymanowski paid £50 for the drugs because of their condition.

Magistrates gave Szymanowski a 12 month conditional discharge and asked him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. They also ordered the destruction of the drugs.