Police find £120,000 of drugs in Gosport car

Drink-driver fined £700

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POLICE uncovered nearly £120,000 of cannabis when they stopped a motorist in Gosport.

Matthew Arthur had a suitcase full of the class B drug destined for the streets in the boot of his car.

The 39-year-old has been warned he faces jail for the offence when he is sentenced next month.

The dad-of-one says he was offered work by a man in a pub who was delivering goods and did not know it was cannabis at first.

He has refused to name the man who paid him to bring the drugs to Gosport.

Prosecutor Adrian Fleming said it would have soon become obvious that the suitcase contained cannabis because of the smell.

‘He must have known it was a significant quantity given it was a suitcase that was bulging at the seams,’ he said.

‘It couldn’t even be closed properly.’

Arthur was first spotted driving south in a Peugeot on the A32 before he was stopped by police in Bedenham Lane, Gosport.

After he was caught, Arthur, who has a previous conviction for drink-driving, told the police he had delivered drugs twice and been paid £250 each time.

Arthur, of Byron Avenue, Margate, Kent, pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug with intent to supply following his arrest in July.

In all, he had 12kg of high quality ‘skunk’ cannabis divided into 12 packages wrapped in plastic bags, with a street value of £119,000. The suitcase also contained a set of scales and a pair of secateurs, which Mr Fleming said showed the drugs had only recently been harvested.

Susan Meek, defending, asked the judge to adjourn the case to allow time for the probation service to carry out a pre-sentence report on him.

‘He was in financial difficulty,’ she said.

‘He was approached by someone and offered money.’

Deputy Circuit Judge Patrick Hooton released Arthur on bail until next month.

He warned him: ‘We are talking about over £100,000 of cannabis run around in a supposedly innocent man’s car for the benefit of someone who is in it in a serious way.

‘I will let you stay on bail but the likely outcome of this case is that someone is going to lock you up so you better prepare for that as an eventuality.’