Drug grower in court

A WOOLER man who grew cannabis for his own use has been fined.

William Drabble-Young, 38, of Church Street, admitted cultivating the class B drug when he appeared at Berwick Magistrates Court court last week.

Police serched his home on March 25 and found a large cannabis plant, worth £200, in his bedroom, along with lights and fans used to aid the growing process.

Ian O’Rourke, defending, said his client had heavily used class A drugs including crack cocaine and heroin during the 1990s but had gone ‘cold turkey’ and now only used cannabis. He moved to Wooler to get away from the drugs scene.

He added: “This was quite clearly not a sophisticated operation. It was one plant, grown entirely for his own use.”

Mr O’Rourke said police had searched Drabble-Young’s house some time ago but accidentally left a small piece of a cannabis plant, which the defendant then used to grow the plant that was seized. However, he said that police had again left part of that plant at the house and his client had actually asked police to come back and remove it.

Magistrates fined Drabble-Young £65 and ordered him to pay £45 costs and a £15 surcharge.