Skegness drug mules caught with cannabis

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TWO drug couriers from Skegness have been sentenced after they were caught with a stash of cannabis hidden in their car.

Simon Williams, 21, of The Meadows, and Ashley Hodson, 20, of Somersby Grove were sentence at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday after they admitted being in possession of 376.8 grammes of cannabis with intent to supply on August 30 2010.

The vehicle driven by Williams was initially stopped on the A158 near Wragby but despite a strong smell of cannabis in the vehicle officers could find no drugs.

Liz Fell, prosecuting, said £4,000 cash was discovered in the vehicle but Williams claimed half was his own to pay for repairs to his vehicle.

His passenger Hodson laid claim to the remainder of the money saying he was on his way to buy a motorcycle.

Miss Fell said that eight hours later the same vehicle was stopped by officers on the A631.

There was still a strong smell of cannabis and a police sniffer dog was used to carry out a search.

Miss Fell said “It was identified that a side panel behind the driver’s seat was held together with tape.

“When it was removed four plastic bags containing cannabis were found.”

She said the two men later admitted they had been sent to collect the drugs for another man as part of a deal which allowed them to clear their own druig debts.

Williams, who is currently a serving prisoner, was jailed for eight months. Hodson was given an eight month jail sentence suspended for two years with 150 hours of unpaid work and 12 months supervision.

Williams was ordered to hand over £355 found on him on his arrest.

Sunil Khanna, defending, said Hodson had only a previous conviction for an unrelated offence and urged he be given a suspended jail sentence.

He said Williams is currently serving a sentence until November.