Cannabis plants discovered in man's loft after suspected drug-driving stop, King's Lynn magistrates told
Police found cannabis plants growing in the loft of a suspected drug-driver from West Lynn.
Harry Foster, 26, had earlier been arrested for refusing to give a roadside drug wipe after being stopped near Wisbech.
Officers searching his home in Wallflower Lane, found ten cannabis plants.
His solicitor told Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday that it was “not exactly the world’s most professional set-up”.
Andrew Cogan added: “It was about as amateur as you can get, without wishing to cast aspersions on my client.”
The court was told that Foster’s eyes were “pinpointed” and he was constantly talking and repeating himself during the police stop.
Prosecutor Pretty Barber said: “He was told he was being detained for the purposes of a search.
“At this point the defendant has become angry and was shouting and spitting everywhere.”
He refused to give a saliva sample and was “agitated” in custody when told he would be strip searched.
“He dropped his shorts and pants and said ‘there you go’” added Miss Barber, who described some drug packets falling to the floor.
Foster pleaded guilty to being concerned in production of a class B drug, failing to co-operate with a preliminary test and three counts of possession of class B drugs (cannabis and amphetamine).
Mr Cogan said: “Growing the cannabis was cheaper than buying it from dealers in the street.
“He takes it for mental health issues. It helps him to sleep.”
Foster was fined £200 for the production matter and ordered to pay a £34 victim surcharge.
There were no separate penalties for the other offences.