Offender is caught with cannabis plant

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Police stopped a drug offender who was riding a mobile scooter and discovered he was transporting a cannabis plant.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Craig Wyatt, 27, of Southfield Close, Whitwell, was travelling along Portland Road, Shirebrook, on the mobility scooter when he was stopped by police.

Prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said: “A police officer saw Wyatt on a mobility scooter on Portland Road, Shirebrook, and pulled up alongside him and caught the smell of cannabis and on the foot plate was a large plant covered by a bin liner.

“The officer saw cannabis leaves coming out of a tear in the liner.

“Wyatt initially claimed he had just found the plant round the corner.”

Wyatt pleaded guilty to possessing the controlled class B drug cannabis plant after the incident in the early minutes of September 15.

He also accepted that by being in possession of the plant he had breached a suspended sentence in respect of previous offences of possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possessing cannabis.

The court heard from his defence solicitor that his latest offence concerning the plant would be a minor offence in its own right and would be a matter that could be dealt with by the magistrates’ court were it not for the breach of a suspended sentence.

Magistrates requested a pre-sentence report be prepared and adjourned the case for sentencing at Derby Crown Court on November 18.

Wyatt was released on unconditional police bail.