Police catch Brierfield carer with cannabis

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.
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A Brierfield carer caught twice with cannabis by the same police officer was told by magistrates he ought to be seeking professional help for his drug taking.

Burnley magistrates heard how Ali Hassan Shah (24) had six snap bags of cannabis in his vehicle in Nelson on August 13th.

I think you ought to be seeking some professional help to try and deal with this as it’s obviously getting out of hand

Magistrate

On November 22nd, the same officer found Shah parked on a secluded car park at Barrowford. He could again smell cannabis and the defendant handed him a snap bag of drugs that he had down his trousers. Shah made no comment when interviewed.

The hearing was told the defendant had five offences on his record and two previous drugs convictions.

David Lawson, defending Shah, said: “It’s clear there is a problem with regard to possession of cannabis. He recognises it’s getting him in trouble.

“He is a carer for his mother. She is riddled with arthritis. Quite simply, he says he has learned his lesson.”

Shah, of Victoria Avenue, admitted two counts of possessing cannabis. He was fined £80 and must pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

The Bench chairperson told him: “I think you ought to be seeking some professional help to try and deal with this as it’s obviously getting out of hand.”