College staff catch student with cannabis

A BOSTON College student was found with a stash of cannabis after being detained by staff on the campus.

Lincoln Crown Court was told how Timothy Barber attracted attention while in the college library because of the smell of the drugs.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Barber was taken to the office of a senior member of staff and detained until police arrived.

He was arrested and taken to Boston Police Station after a small amount of cannabis was found on him.

A full search was carried out at the station and a freezer bag containing more than 80 grammes of the drug was discovered hidden inside the front of his jogging bottoms.

Barber’s mobile phone was then examined and found to contain a string of messages relating to drug dealing.

Barber, 19, of Park Road, Spalding, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply on December 14, 2010.

On Friday he was sent to a young offenders’ institution for nine months.

Liz Harte, defending, said Barber got himself involved in a ‘nightmare’ situation with his supplier as a result of his use of cannabis.

She told the court that Barber was given the drugs to supply in bulk to someone in the Spalding area.

“At the time he had no idea how serious this was. He was fulfilling a specific commission. The cannabis was not intended for anyone at the college and he denies that he supplied to the students.”

Miss Harte said that Barber has sought help with his cannabis addiction and has substantially reduced his consumption of the drug.