Smell led to drugs in car

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A SMELL of drugs in a car led police to discover two Blackpool men were involved in what a judge called a “cannabis club”.

Michael Bush and Anisul Choudhury had some of the drug in their possession, inside the Ford Mondeo.

More cannabis was found when the men’s addresses were searched.

Preston Crown Court was told there had been a scenario where friends pooled their money and one of them would buy the drug on behalf of the group.

The total amount of cannabis in the case was around 90 grammes.

Bush, 21, and Choudhury, 23, both pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a drug with intent to supply.

Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said the Mondeo car had been seen on Springfield Road, Blackpool, one evening in March.

It had earlier come to the attention of the police due to the way it was driven between traffic bollards.

The car ended up boxed in on another road. Choudhury was the driver and his co-defendant a passenger.

“The police noticed an obvious smell of cannabis coming from the car”, said Mr McEntee.

Choudhury had a snap bag in his pocket that contained cannabis. Eight bags of cannabis were found in a footwell that Bush said were his.

The defendants’ homes were searched and around 50 grammes of cannabis was found at Choudhury’s home on Alexandra Road.

At Bush’s address on Adrian Street, Blackpool, 26 grammes of the drug were found.

Chris Hudson, defending Choudhury, said his client was pretty much a law abding and hard working man.

“He has twin vices – it would seem he drinks too much and he abuses cannabis”, the barrister told the court.

Julie Taylor, for Bush, said it was a situation where friends would be supplied with the drug on a social basis.

“He had no connection with others in the chain above him. There was no financial gain for him and no profit made.”

Both defendants were placed on two years supervision by the judge.

Choudhury was told to carry out 40 hours unpaid work for the community.

Bush will be on a four months long curfew, to run from 10pm-6am, starting later this month.

The judge, Recorder Tim Smith, told them “Clearly cannabis is a problem for each of you. It has led you before this court.

“You and friends pooled money in a form of cannabis club”.

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