Officer smelt cannabis at the door

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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Police carrying out routine house-to-house enquiries netted a drug dealer.

David Payne was caught when he opened the door to an officer who smelt cannabis coming from inside his home.

Payne then showed the officer his cache of drugs which were worth more than £1,000 and admitted supplying to friends.

Payne, a 49-year-old mechanic, of Dryburgh Avenue, Marton, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply the drug.

He was sentenced to a four-month curfew from 7.30pm to 5.30am and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by District Judge David Purcell sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said an officer making routine house-to-house enquiries smelt cannabis when Payne opened the door to his home on May 14 at 6.30pm.

He showed the officer a small amount of cannabis, then said: “I’ll be honest, I have more in the house.”

Payne then showed the officer a block of cannabis and 22 snap bags of the drug estimated to total £1,330 in value.

Howard Green, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had been totally frank with the police.