Cannabis pair's cash bid went to pot
PUBLISHED: 17:28 22 November 2010
TWO bunglers tried to make a small fortune selling five kilos of "unsmokable" cannabis plant clippings they found in the street, a court heard.
Robert Neaster, 31, of Ayres Close, Plaistow, and Tommy Brewer, 39, were snared in a random police stop with the laundry sacks of worthless twigs in their car.
Prosecutors at first believed they were trafficking valuable skunk and the pair were charged with possessing the drug with intent to supply, Inner London Crown Court was told on Wednesday.
But it soon emerged the plants had been stripped of their intoxicating leaves, making the chances of getting any kind of hit virtually nil.
Two of the four bags were sodden with water and had a “negligible street value”.
The real crop is believed to have been grown at a nearby cannabis factory.
The pair claimed in interview that they found the bags at the roadside before being stopped in Barking Road, East Ham.
They admitted possessing cannabis on the basis they “thought they might get something from it, but it was unsmokable”.
Their defence lawyers urged judge Usha Karu to sentence them to a curfew.
Bt the judge adjourned sentencing for probation reports.
She bailed them ahead of sentencing on November 23.
Brewer, of Romford, and Neaster each admitted possessing cannabis on July 4.